Read all about it: Recommended books on intercultural leadership
By Ann Straub, International Advisor
Where do you start if you want to foster the development of global citizenship in your school? For some schools, the answer might begin at the ‘top’. Modelling intercultural leadership is a great way to nurture an environment that thrives on intercultural learning and global citizenship. Here are some of our favorite books that help introduce the concept of intercultural leadership to our member schools. These resources can help set you on your path – whether you’re on a personal or whole-school journey.
The Culture Map by Erin Meyer
The Culture Map is written for people dealing with intercultural differences and human interactions in a collaborative work setting. The insights and strategies for successfully bridging those differences is universal. Diversity is looked at through the lens of cultural frameworks consisting of eight scaled indicators that differ according to culture. Meyer uses scenarios to illustrate how these differences play out in human interactions with suggested actions to prevent conflict and build understanding.
Global Dexterity by Andy Molinsky
This easy-to-read book takes a practical look at cultural adaptation illustrated through a series of vignettes. Molinsky offers tools required to adapt behaviour to new cultural contexts while staying authentic and grounded to your own natural style. It is a perfect book to read along with The Culture Map by Erin Meyer and Cultural Intelligence by Julia Middleton to gain understanding of cultural scales, our own cultural core, and lastly with the Molinsky book, how to adapt to difference taking into account knowledge of other cultures and our own cultural identity.
Educational Leadership: Culture and Diversity by Clive Dimmock and Allan Walker
Dimmock and Walker apply cultural frameworks to the field of educational leadership and explore the relationship between leadership and culture. It makes one rethink the wholesale adoption of Anglo-American educational approaches to Confucian-based cultures, and to pay more attention to context and culture.
Cultural Intelligence: CQ: The Competitive Edge for Leaders Crossing Borders by Julia Middleton
Middleton explores the concept of 'Core' and 'Flex' and its basis for our own cultural intelligence. Through stories and concrete examples, the importance of the often twisted path to the development of CQ are illustrated.
Maybe one of these books offers you a new perspective on your role in your school community, or maybe one becomes a touchstone for the way your school culture is shaped. There is no limit to the depth of cultural insight in our global community. Do you know of another book that you think should be on this list? Let us know!