13 April 2024 Coaching everywhere in the world
ChangeXperience - Erika Bezzo - The interviews

Cross-Cultural Leadership

In our increasingly connected and global world, we are more and more often in contact with people who belong to different cultures, we are confronted with ways of communicating, of managing time and relationships very far from the ways we are used to. Our interlocutors have expectations, values, beliefs, and visions of the world that we cannot imagine at all.

The management of projects in multicultural contexts requires awareness of the typical behaviours and values of one's own culture, the curiosity to understand the culture of the other, the ability to listen to what is not said and that dose of empathy that allows you to see the world through the eyes of the other.Emotional intelligence and cultural intelligence are therefore indispensable elements for effective cross-cultural leadership.

Referring to Hofstede's model of cultural comparison, I made a series of interviews, which aims to offer food for thought and examples of female leadership through the experience of women who have successfully carried out projects in multicultural contexts where the diversity management proves to be of fundamental importance.

  • 30/12/2021
    Conversation about Cross-Cultural Leadership with Taylee Lewis, Australian, currently living in Milan, where she works as a corporate and government affairs investment facilitator, helping both Italian SMEs to enter the Australian market and Australian companies eager to seize the opportunities of the Italian market.

  • 09/11/2021
    Conversation about Cross-Cultural Leadership with Anna Ruffino, Deputy Ambassador at the Italian Embassy in Cameroon , formerly the first female Consul General of Italy in Karachi, Pakistan, in the years 2018-2020.

  • 30/08/2021
    Conversation about Cross Cultural Leadership with Karidia Friggit Konate, Honorary Consul of Burkina Faso in Madrid, the only black woman honorary consul of her country in Europe and President of Fundación Katiou.

  • 29/06/2021
    Conversation about Cross Cultural Leadership with Susana Infante , Project Manager at Thales Alenia Space . Susana, who returned to Madrid after many years in Italy, manages today important strategic projects in the aerospace sector, coordinating the activities of several European partners.

  • 31/05/2021
    Conversation about Cross-Cultural Leadership with Isabel Pinho, Global Head of Brand Expansion of a leading company in the beverage industry. Brazilian, currently living in New York, Isabel manages a team of over 50 people on 4 continents.

  • 28/04/2021
    Conversation about Cross-Cultural Leadership with Federica Polato. After opening Eataly in Tokyo and New York and starting Grom in Dubai, Federica created her own consulting company Polato Consulting to support companies in the internationalization process. She resides today in Dubai.

  • 30/03/2021
    Conversation about Cross-Cultural Leadership with Angelica Calò, Italian living in Israel, in the Sasa kibbutz, Founder and President of Beresheet LaShalom Foundation. Creator of the intercultural theater of the Rainbow with Jewish and Arab kids, Agelica was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

  • 24/02/2021
    Conversation about Cross-Cultural Leadership with Marta Simonetti, Italian living in London, Managing Director & Founder of Globalfields Ltd, specialized in green finance, formerly Deputy Pillar Head Multilateral Funds in EBRD (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development), in charge of the funds related to climate change.

  • 27/01/2021
    Conversation about Cross-Cultural Leadership with Ana Cortez, Argentinian, 49 years old, Partner Financial Services of KPMG Spain, one of the Big Four.

  • 28/12/2020
    Conversation about Cross-Cultural Leadership with Florence Kaminska, French, the only woman on the board of directors of Docomo Digital Ltd, belonging to the Japanese multinational NTT Docomo, leader of Japanese mobile telephony.

  • 21/11/2020
    Conversation about Cross-Cultural Leadership with Carolina Bernal Ruiz, Colombian engineer, 40 years old, who is part of the team managing the construction of the biggest artificial safari in the world, in United Arab Emirates.

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