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Personal Leadership

Personal leadership (PL) is a process designed to help translate intercultural knowledge into intercultural competence. It consists of two principles and six practices and draws from seven core areas of research and scholarship: (1) intercultural communication, (2) leadership development, (3) positive psychology, (4) education, (5) the wisdom traditions, (6) whole-person self-development, and (7) the biological and quantum sciences.

Although well-grounded in theory, PL is rooted in two core questions that arose from the lived experience of developing multicultural teams: (1) Why do people who are educated in intercultural communication, experienced across cultures, and passionate about building effective intercultural relationships still find it difficult to work together under simple everyday stressors such as tight project deadlines? and (2) When they are successful, what are they actually doing? ...

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