Working with an international team adds an extra dimension to the art of leadership. To succeed, you should be aware of cultural differences but able to unite employees on common grounds, so that teams can prosper. An effective multicultural leader should draw on the cultural diversity and experiences of their team in pursuit of a common goal.
Find and declare similarities instead of differences. Unite instead of divide. We all are human beings, and we have thoughts and feelings. Happiness, sadness, anger, and humor exist in all cultures. Be creative in finding similarities and sharing yours. Be grateful and express thankfulness. Learn how to say “thank you” and “you are welcome” in as many languages as possible. Use them to break the ice whenever you meet people of different cultures. A sincere smile and a caring tone of voice are also great as icebreakers. With your followers, expressing thankfulness is a sign of humility and being honorable.