In the 21st century, effective leadership can be defined partially as having an ability to adapt and persevere in various cross-cultural environments. Concurrently, in an increasingly globalized environment, leadership requires a keen capacity for understanding and utilizing cultural diversity to build successful organizations.

Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence is a breakthrough text that features contributing chapters from some of the world's leading scholars in the field of cross-cultural leadership. The book comprises 20 chapters that examine the evolving role of cultural diversity in the workplace, the application of cultural comprehension to organizations, and the measurement of various aspects of intercultural competence.

Key Features

  • A unique blend of theory and practical applications
  • Several breakthrough, first-of-their-kind chapters on topics such as leadership assessments that measure parameters of intercultural competence, the legal implications of cross-cultural leadership and trade, and the development and implementation of a multicultural vision
  • A plethora of modern examples that provide an accurate description of the contemporary landscape within organizations
  • Invigorating discussion questions at the conclusion of every chapter that engage students

Intended Audience

Contemporary Leadership and Intercultural Competence is an excellent text for graduate-level courses in Organizational Development, Organizational Behavior, Leadership Theory, Cross-Cultural Management, International Business, Human Resource Management, Educational Leadership, and Public Administration. The book will be of great interest to students, senior managers, cross-cultural management consultants, government leaders, and human resource practitioners.

Intercultural Sensitivity for Global Managers

Intercultural sensitivity for global managers
Dharm P. S.Bhawuk and Keith H.Sakuda

Initial Questions for Discussion


Please reflect on the following questions, fill out the intercultural sensitivity survey, and then read the chapter. Following these steps should help maximize your learning.

  • Why is it important for managers to be interculturally sensitive?
  • Reflect on your past experience and describe three incidents in which you acted sensitively in intercultural contexts.
  • Reflect on your past experience and describe three incidents in which you DID NOT act sensitively in intercultural contexts.
  • What are the situations in which you find it difficult to be interculturally sensitive? Why is it so? How can you change to be interculturally sensitive in these contexts?
  • Why is becoming interculturally sensitive a challenge?
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