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Watch as Julia Middleton explains what to expect from the free, online course - Developing Cultural Intelligence for Leadership
So welcome to this free online course, which is on the subject of Cultural Intelligence, the ability to thrive in multiple cultures, all kinds of different cultures. Which you’re going to need if you’re going to be a leader in the modern day, or a manager in the modern day. Over the next four weeks, we’ll be looking at how all these concepts have evolved and how you can evolve with them. We’ll look at IQ. We’ll look at EQ, but really we’re moving beyond them. We’re moving into Cultural Intelligence. And as a result of it, I hope that you are the kind of leader who can produce change and who can adapt to change.
Because it’ll be going on around you all the time.
With a series of activities, with exercises, with stories from leaders all over the world, we’re going to unpick Cultural Intelligence and pick your own journey. Figure out why you do what you do, and how you do it. Because your own culture means that you’ll look at other cultures through that open culture. So understanding your own culture is a pretty important part of Cultural Intelligence. And then figuring out how other people tick, and how things work, and how they see the world differently. Absolutely crucial. And then I hope that the result will be that you begin to see that this is not really a burden, or a hurdle, or a problem. It’s a vast opportunity.
Because if you can figure out how to develop the Cultural Intelligence to cross boundaries and to work with people who aren’t like you, you begin to see the world through lots of different eyes. And it’s that ability to see the world through lots of different eyes that produces, in my view, the great creativity and the ability of leaders to solve problems that are complex and messy and need you to be able to see them from every single angle.
Common Purpose has been running leadership development programmes all over the world for the last 25 years. We’ve pulled on as much as we know to give you something, I hope, that’s absolutely wonderful. I’m the lead educator. My colleagues all around the world will be helping me as educators to help you through your journey. I hope that it ends up being a slightly frustrating journey. The endpoint cannot be, I am now Culturally Intelligent. The minute you say that you know you’ve lost it. This is an endless journey. I suspect at the end of course, you’ll have a lot of unanswered questions. And I hope you’ll be able to cope with that. Because that will prepare you for the next stages.
Leadership seems to me to be full of unanswered questions, and Cultural Intelligence in particular.
Welcome to Developing Cultural Intelligence for Leadership.
I’m Julia Middleton, the Founder and Chief Executive, of Common Purpose Charitable Trust. I am delighted to be your lead educator for this course as we learn together over the next four weeks.
Please read more at my profile page or you may wish to follow me to see my comments over the weeks.
Over the 4 weeks I will also be joined by my colleague David O’Connor, Quality Director, Common Purpose Charitable Trust.
Certificate of Achievement
You can buy a Certificate of Achievement to prove what you’ve learned on this course.
This personalised certificate and transcript details the syllabus and learning outcomes, making it ideal evidence of your continuing professional development (CPD). The Certificate comes in both printed and digital formats, so you can easily add it to your portfolio, CV or LinkedIn profile.
To be eligible, you must mark at least 90% of the steps in this course as complete.
Alternatively, you can buy a Statement of Participation as a memento of taking part.
Social media
If you use social media you can follow us on Twitter @CommonPurpose and use the hashtag #FLdevelopCQ to follow the conversations.
NB Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Emotional Intelligence (EQ) are referenced in this video – full descriptions are provided on Step 1.2 as an attachment
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