Leading Across Cultures

COURSE ID: LSM595

Course Overview

Leading across cultures is about adapting, communicating, thinking critically, and understanding your own biases. Dr. Jan Katz  of Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration will help you explore the five key dimensions of cross­cultural leadership: culture, context, risk, linear/parallel hierarchy, and individualism/collectivism . After defining and sharing examples of each, Professor Katz will help you explore their impacts on business and how you can adapt to variations in different cultures. This course gives you the tools you need to continuously improve your cross-cultural leadership skills.

In the course project, you will examine the cultures and dimensions you work in, explore how compensation relates to risk, examine the hierarchy at your company, and evaluate your own leadership style as it relates to the cultures you work in. You will also get to investigate the 2015 Greek financial crisis and interview an international colleague before creating an action plan for your own future education around the impact of cultural variation on leadership.

This course is intended for mid­ to upper­level managers, high potentials, and senior leaders. Learners may come from every continent and from a diverse range of organizations, including for profits large and small, NGOs, and governmental agencies. 

This course is also applicable to line managers or individual contributors with over three years of experience who are responsible for leading culturally or nationally diverse teams or who operate globally, as well as individual contributors in sales, marketing and supply chain management who work extensively with clients or suppliers abroad. Anyone needing to manage through the challenges and opportunities of culturally diverse teams and individuals could also benefit from this course.