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Leading with Cultural Intelligence is a Course

Leading with Cultural Intelligence

Nov 8 - Dec 12, 2021
2.0 credits

$550 Enroll

Full course description

7 Weeks

3-8 Hours/Week


Course Type:

2.0 CEUs

Course Description

In today's globalized workplace, a 'one-size-fits-all' approach to leadership is insufficient at effectively engaging an increasingly diverse, multicultural, and international group of stakeholders.

The attitudes and behaviors that make you successful in one culture may be the reason you struggle when working across borders and cultures. More than ever, the ability to manage and leverage cultural differences is a vital skill for individuals at all levels of an organization, especially for project managers and team leaders.

Drawing from a growing body of research in cognitive, social, and cultural neuroscience, our Leading with Cultural Intelligence course presents a framework for understanding the multiple ways culture shapes the brain. Additionally, in this multicultural training course, you will investigate the core cultural dimensions that drive thoughts, emotions, and behavior in global, virtual and culturally diverse project environments.

Understanding these dimensions will help you make the right choice on how to approach:

  • Making decisions and problem-solving in a globalized workplace
  • Reaching agreements and gaining commitments with diverse audiences
  • Raising issues and dealing with conflict
  • Building trust, rapport, and psychological safety

After completing this cultural awareness training in the workplace, you will have a greater understanding of the challenges of leading and working in culturally diverse teams and the skills you need to prevent cultural misunderstanding. You will avoid accidental violations of cultural norms that erode trust and undermine the performance of your team and instead lead with intelligence and cultural awareness.

Required Materials

The Culture Solution: How to Achieve Cultural Synergy and Get Results in the Global Workplace by Deirdre Mendez, PhD

International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior | 5th Edition by Nancy J. Adler/Allison Gundersen



  • Learn to manage cultural differences effectively
  • Understand how neuroscience and culture connect
  • Analyze how cultural values shape the way we make decisions, solve problems, and collaborate with others in multicultural teams

Course Instructor

Samad Aidane, MSc.

Samad is a cross-cultural leadership development consultant, trainer, and coach. His industry experience spans telecom, finance, health care, and government projects in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and Belgium, with organizations such as HP, Cap Gemini, Time Warner Telecom, and Telefonica. He holds a Master of Science Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. His current Ph.D. research in Applied Neuroscience investigates how findings from neuroscience, social science, and behavioral science can inform our understanding of the effect of culture on emotions, cognition, and behavior and their application to leadership and Cultural Intelligence development.

Samad is certified by the Project Management Institute (PMP) and a member of the Social & Affective Neuroscience Society. He has been a featured speaker for organizations such as Nike, Emirates Airlines, and T-Mobile and presented at international conferences, such as Project Management Institute Global Congresses and Oracle OpenWorld.