I used to think….. that leadership attributes and values were universal.
What I learned…..
Leaders must use both core and flex when it comes to the values of leadership as they relate to cultural intelligence.
Julia Middleton (2019) identifies two components that support the development of leadership cultural intelligence: Core and Flex
Core: These are the values you will not compromise. The hills you will die on. For me these are trust, transparency and authenticity.
Flex: These are the values you are willing to adapt based on the context or circumstances. For example for me in my current context I am required to act with authority. I like to make decisions collaboratively and it is a value that is important to me, however, I am willing in my current context to act with authority when it is expected of me in specific situations.
Leaders can assess their Core and Flex through a reflective exercise in Middleton’s (2019) book titled The Competitive Edge for Leaders Crossing Boundaries: Cultural Intelligence . This reflective practice asks leaders to consider things that they do not mind, things they would never do, and what assumptions others might make of you. She then asks you to rate your Core/Flex ratio based on the self assessment questions.
Middleton (2019) also talks about Knots. . Knots are our biases, preconceived notions, and our perceptions about others, cultures, race, religion, ethnicities, gender etc. To move beyond our bias we need to consciously unpack our knots.
As a leader I have been working to unpack some of my bias by listening to podcasts, participating in Twitter Chats, watching documentaries and reading a variety of sources around race and racism. I am working to uncover my inherent biases and where they stem from.
What are you learning?
Middleton, J. (2019). Cultural intelligence: The competitive edge for leaders crossing borders. London, England: Bloomsbury Business.
How to find your core? https://youtu.be/TgKj-gOa5i8
Cultural Intelligence https://youtu.be/izeiRjUMau4
Race and Racism
Austin Channing Brown I am Still Here Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Jennifer L. Eberhardt Biased: Uncovering Hidden Prejudice that Effects What We See, think and Do
Brene Brown’s Unlocking Us: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
Ibram X. Kendi on How to be an Antiracist
Laverne Cox on Transgender Representation, Advocacy and the Power of Love
Documentaries and Movies
Hello Privilege, It’s me Chelsea