So you have just been made the new team leader at work. Your colleagues draw from the US, UK, Germany, Brazil, India and China – a truly intercultural team. Working with people from different cultures and countries can be a challenge. What do you need to know? How should you go about being an effective team leader? The intercultural team leader needs to be aware of their style and how this fits in with the expectations and needs of their colleagues.
Firstly, as the team leader you to bear in mind the concept of leadership varies from culture to culture. If you want to be a successful team leader you need to appreciate who in your team expects what. What they expect will be culturally influenced.