MGT 380 week 3 discussion 1

Leaders who cannot understand cultural differences in people cannot lead or manage them

There are several cultures in the world. They vary from some common to us and others appear very wild and weird depending on how we view them. As a leader, you should always be in a good position of relating with everyone with their culture not being a barrier to working with them. You should always be in the fore front championing for effective cooperation without culture hindering anything. Leaders should learn and always be versatile to different people from across the globe and adapt swiftly to changes in culture whenever they are to offer their services in different part of the word with different cultures (House, 2004).

Leaders who do not understand the culture of the people they are working with will not be in a position of managing them since they will never know why people are doing what they are doing. They employees that are supposed to be managed will always be in conflict with the leader since maybe what they are being asked to do go against their cherished beliefs. They will no longer understand each other. With this respect, it is therefore very important for leaders to understand and appreciate the differences in culture so that they can effectively manage and work with different people across the divide.


House, R. J. (2004). Culture, leadership, and organizations: the GLOBE study of 62 societies. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications.