Great article here explaining the relationship between diversity and cultural competency. Many organizations recognize, at least in theory, the value of having people from different races, ethnic backgrounds, or nationalities working together, but simply bringing diverse people together doesn’t automatically mean you will experience the benefit of engaging with those different perspectives, values, and experiences. In fact, diverse groups that do not have a high level of intercultural competence are likely to experience more conflicts and to be less effective in whatever work they are doing.
A high level of intercultural competence doesn’t come easily to individuals or organizations but it is absolutely possible to achieve with the right support. Research makes clear that the two most effective ways to support intercultural competence development is through individual and group mentoring with a qualified instructor. Getting help really helps!
Contact me if you would like to explore options for working on intercultural competence development for yourself or your organization.