Grow Your Intercultural Team Into a High-Performing One

Updated: Mar 26

High Performing Teams, Part 1 of 3


Motivation is high and the team is eager to go. But good intentions, enthusiasm, and a carefully designed strategy too often fall short when the intercultural dynamics are complex.


Many of us have experienced intercultural teams struggling to function as a cohesive unit. For a culturally diverse group of people to reach their potential as a team, they must develop a broad understanding of culture and have a plan for dealing with difficulties.

Communicating clear goals is essential for leaders. When teammates feel they have a purpose, they feel valued and appreciated, and motivated to invest time and energy. But on an intercultural team, clear goals by themselves may not be enough to keep people working together in the face of competing cultural preferences and worldviews.

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