Is Cultural Intelligence and Millennial Engagement Part of Your Leadership Arsenal?

In his book, The Science of Leadership: Lessons from Analysis for Authoritative Leaders, Julian Barling (2014) asked a actual abstruse question. “Do leaders matter? If so, in agreement of what outcomes?” This altercation absorbed me. As I apprehend the chapter, I contemplated, from an aftereffect perspective, how can authoritative leaders abide to abound their administration team, accretion all-around influence, and aerate millennial contribution?

Based on training and analysis conducted at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University accompanying with real-world experience, I adduce two strategies. The aboriginal action alerts authoritative leaders to cultural biases in all-around cardinal planning. Lack of this acquaintance can adjure claimed idiosyncrasies, actualize blinders, and prohibit productivity. The additional action is analytical to abbreviation the top millennial about-face amount in organizations.

1. Invest in Cultural Intelligence Acquaintance Training

Economic globalization is active the charge for leaders to accept multicultural differences in business operations. Since abounding businesses are establishing a all-around footprint, developing leaders with top cultural intelligence is a basic skill. Although there are abounding instruments accessible to aid in this training, I ahead acclimated the Globe Smart Five Dimensions of Culture Acquaintance Tool. By application this tool, I was bigger able to appoint with a baby administration consulting close in Cape Town, South Africa.

So, why is cultural acquaintance important in cardinal planning? Several years ago, I formed with several countries in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). My aggregation and I were amenable for developing security-cooperation assurance activities for these countries. Since the United States’ ambition was to annihilate safe havens for terrorists, abnormally on the African continent, we capital to body assurance and access with our African partners.

Imagine if we had approached this assurance with a US-centric alone mentality. Our efforts in this arena of the apple would accept failed. Because we could not acquiesce to acquiesce our cultural differences to agitate productivity, we invested amazing time and analysis belief these countries. Our cultural acquaintance training added our adeptness to coact and appoint finer with these all-around partners.

2. Aerate Investment in Millennial Contribution

How is your aggregation barometer its investment in its millennial workforce? Are you acceptance aptitude to airing out the door? In The 2016 Deloitte Millennial Survey: Winning over the Next Generation of Leaders, advisers cited, “More than 44 percent of millennials are now in administration positions, but a lot of accept they are accepting little to no development in their roles… Millennials still feel larboard out; alone 28 percent accept their alignment is absolutely demography advantage of their skills” (p.6).

As the host of a bounded television appearance titled, Administration Table Talk, I afresh interviewed several millennials apropos their angle on administration development in technology-driven organizations. Having spent over 35 years in the telecommunications and advice systems technology business in both the military, government, and accumulated America, I was analytical about their perspective. The prevailing anecdotal from these interviews was “we just wish a adventitious to accord to the all-embracing success of the organization.” What can we acquire from this feedback? I acceptation that if organizations abort to appoint finer the talents of their millennial workforce, about-face ante will not abatement but access – at an alarming rate.

In summary, bread-and-butter globalization continues to drive accumulated assurance with added countries. By developing a cultural intelligence awareness-training program, organizations can abound their administration teams and all-around influence. Likewise, by strategically agreeable the millennial workforce, organizations can aerate their productivity, and absorb their expertise.