Global Leaders for Global Teams: Leaders With Multicultural Experiences Communicate and Lead More Effectively, Especially in Multinational Teams

Adam Galinsky, the Paul Calello Professor of Leadership and Ethics (Management) — published an article in Organization Science, “Global Leaders for Global Teams: Leaders With Multicultural Experiences Communicate and Lead More Effectively, Especially in Multinational Teams.” In an era of globalization, it is commonly assumed that multicultural experiences foster leadership effectiveness. However, little research has systematically tested this assumption. Galinsky and alumnus Jackson Lu develop a theoretical perspective that articulates how and when multicultural experiences increase leadership effectiveness. They show that leaders with more diverse foreign experiences (e.g., having lived or worked in many countries) develop superior communication competence, which helps them excel in leadership roles. This competence proves especially critical for multinational teams. Their data also help explain why the effect of diversity on teams is so inconsistent—it depends on the global experience of the leader.

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