Increase Your Cultural Agility with Paula Caligiuri

Life as Leadership: Where Leaders Gather to Grow Together

Oct 1 2021 • 24 mins

Download a year’s worth of (weekly action steps to improve your leadership) for FREE!   Paula Caligiuri is a Distinguished Professor of International Business and Strategy at Northeastern University. Paula has authored award-winning articles and books – including her most recent book Build Your Cultural Agility: The Nine Competencies of Successful Global Professionals. She has been a frequent expert guest on CNN and is an instructor for a LinkedIn Learning course entitled Managing Globally. Paula co-founded a public benefit corporation, Skiilify, to help foster cultural understanding, and she holds a Ph.D. from Penn State University in Organizational Psychology.   LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS A multicultural environment is any environment that is demographically different (not just ethnic/national). Getting in an extreme cultural situation does more harm than good for cultural agility. Americans tend to smile a lot. This can look a little strange or un-credible. Be aware of the level of formality if you are working with people from another culture/demographic. In some cultures, silence means you are engaged. Sometimes it means you are disengaged. Push against the desire to seek the familiar and find someone who is demographically diverse.    QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? Having to get a job to make it during a study-abroad experience in Europe. Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Courageous, authentic, transparent. What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? How much time am I really spending understanding the environment I’m in and the people I’m with? What book would you recommend to leaders? Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Ask two more questions in any situation you’re in (no matter your natural level of curiosity). As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” because we can offer vision and hope and make a change whatever corner of the world we’re in.   CONNECT WITH PAULA LinkedIn: (@paulacaligiuri) Website: (   CONNECT WITH JOSH LinkedIn: (@joshuafriedeman) Instagram: (@joshuafriedeman) Email:   Want a FREE list of weekly action steps to improve your leadership? Download the (Leadership Action List) TODAY! Mentioned in this episode: Subscribe to Business Bitcoinization (Subscribe on your favorite podcast app) Business Bitcoinization Trailer (Listen to the trailer)