In order to have success in your team and in your workplace you should have an understanding of Culture competence. Culture competence is knowing about other cultures, ethnic groups, and minority groups. And knowledge is not enough nowadays; it is essential to have an understanding of different cultures. Now, because we are not born having this type of knowledge or understanding, we need to endeavor to develop this competence to add to our set of skills which will give us more success in a diverse team. Not only do we learn about other people when developing our cultural competence, we learn a great deal about ourselves. When you open yourself up to other cultures, you begin to explore your prejudices and stereotypes that you have developed throughout your life within your own culture. During this process of developing your cultural competence, you start to break down the walls you have created due to your upbringing and you begin to let in other ideas that otherwise you would have never explored in the past. This process makes you a more well-rounded team player, which will produce a successful team in the workplace
There are two strategies that we can use to develop cultural competence.
One, is to accept diversity.
When we accept diversity, we come to the table with an open mind and an open heart showing that we care about the learning of others and from others. We then form business relationships where we genuinely care about the other person of which cultural information is being exchanged. Therefore, both parties open up about their ethnicity or minority experiences, and you get the true essence of that culture. You then bring significant value to your workplace and in your departments.
Two, is exploring your prejudices and stereotypes.
We all have prejudices and stereotypes that have been formed over the years, and in most cases, they were built unintentionally. Although, I do believe that some prejudices and stereotypes were created with the intention of isolating and separating oneself. I honestly think this type of developing is still being practiced in today’s modern world throughout the business world. However, to become a successful team player in a diverse group, those walls need to come down and one great way to do it is to explore how you think in these two areas. This strategy will allow you to grow tremendously in a positive way, infecting all those around you also to follow this healthy practice.
Another great strategy to use which will be helpful in becoming more at ease with diversity is to make friends. When you invest in others, you will both feel safer to reveal yourselves to one another in ways that otherwise you wouldn’t do before your work relationship grew. You open up in areas that you would have felt judged, and you would not have shared. This type of growth in a relationship will promote loyalty to one another and acceptance of each other
I love to have diversity; I embrace it because I’ve seen how successful a team can be when there is diversity. There are so many perspectives that are brought to the table, everyone grows, and some of the best teams have had variety. At our company, my husband and I have this specific goal; we are moving towards having a diverse group not only in culture or ethnicity but also in age differences. We currently have baby boomers, Gen X, Millennial's and we just hired two Gen Z interns. We have some of the most interesting meetings when we get together. Just how I like for my experience to be respected, I respect others experiences not only in the business world but with everyone I encounter. However, it is vital for me to have a workplace that is enjoyable to come to but at the same time challenging for everyone. I want a purpose-driven environment to help everyone continue to develop their skills and reach their personal growth goals. I’ve seen that in a diverse group people genuinely care about each other and that is what makes a team strong, treating everyone with the same respect that they want to receive.
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