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Leading with Cultural Intelligence

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Mai Moua, Leadership Paradigms, Inc

Copyright Year: 2012

ISBN 13: 9781453332894

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

Language: English

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Reviewed by Tahmina Alam Matubbar, Adjunct Faculty, Bunker Hill Community College on 9/2/22

Although there is no glossary or index at the end of the book, there are some concepts defined at the beginning. read more

Reviewed by Elisa Maroney, Professor, Western Oregon University on 6/11/21

Moua offers examples, case studies, visuals, definitions, among other useful elements that I find relatable and help me to understand what I am reading. read more

Reviewed by Michelle Beavers, Associate Professor, University of Virginia on 12/4/20

Cultural Intelligence continues to evolve as a topic of study and discussion, so I welcomed the opportunity to read this text. I found the text provided a wealth of topical information on cultural intelligence; some supported by classic... read more

Reviewed by Mario Flores, Program Director, University of Colorado Boulder on 6/11/20

Text covers multiple areas of leadership through the lens of cultural intelligence. The author's personal narratives help connect the concepts to real world situations. Text provides various facets of cultural intelligence creating a well rounded... read more

Reviewed by Mindy Andino, Associate Professor, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania on 3/27/20

This text would make a nice supplemental text, as it is based on the author's personal experiences. It would benefit from having a glossary or index, although the table of contents is good. Many different concepts are introduced, some well and... read more

Reviewed by Kelly Reath, Clinical Associate Professor, East Tennessee State University on 4/21/19

The text is not providing best practices attributed to evidence-based research. Anecdotal experiences from the author's life are presented for reflection by the reader. The author is very clear in noting the material is not presented as an... read more

Reviewed by Brett Whitaker, Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies, Fort Hays State University on 10/23/18

This text offers a robust examination of the concept of Cultural Intelligence and its connection to cross-cultural leadership. In particular, it covers in some depth the components of CQ, and the literature supporting those components. It would... read more

Reviewed by Susan Baim, Professor, Miami University on 6/19/18

The text seems to be highly comprehensive, especially given the fact that it addresses leadership within the context of cultural intelligence – a field that 20-25 years ago would have been an afterthought and not a topic central to the discussion... read more

Reviewed by Julie Swaringim-Griffin , Program Coordinator , Oklahoma State University on 5/21/18

This book could be recommended for a low level leadership diversity course as an additional reading to other leadership materials. This book is not complex and is an easy read. The text is well organized in a manner that fosters learning without... read more

Reviewed by Paul Longenecker, MSAH Program Director, Otterbein University on 5/21/18

The book provides a excellent array of topics related to concepts of organizational behavior and leadership focused around cultural intelligence. Does a great job of connecting diverse components around a common theme. Cultural intelligence is not... read more

Reviewed by Sarah Dixon-Hackey, Adjunct Professor, Minnesota State Community Technical College - Moorhead, MN on 5/21/18

The text is fairly comprehensive in its coverage of a number of aspects relating to cultural intelligence. It takes a largely vast and somewhat still-evolving subject and breaks it down effectively relatable units of learning. One thing that... read more

Reviewed by Lindy-Anne Abawi, Associate Professor, University of Southern Queensland on 2/1/18

The text covers all aspects of the topic well drawing together classic references to related work. It was well set out with chapter headings listed in the introduction that are linked directly to each chapter for easy access. The chapter summaries... read more

Reviewed by Angie Carter, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clemson University on 2/1/18

The book attempts to cover a large amount of information, and meets that goal for the most part. It is almost too comprehensive and could go a little more granular in some areas. read more

Reviewed by Mary Tucker, Professor, Ohio University on 2/1/18

A wide variety of topics are covered in this text, along with case studies that can be used to further the learning. It would be helpful to expand the Table of Contents to also include the sub-sections in each chapter. For novices to the concept... read more

Reviewed by Daniel Bowan, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University - Pueblo on 2/1/18

I believe the book was comprehensive, it covered a variety of topics related to Cultural Intelligence and leadership. I believe it would have benefited from more of an international perspective. read more

Reviewed by Tracy Tachiera, Instructor, Washington State University Vancouver on 6/20/17

This book gives a thorough background of various elements of culture; an explanation of cultural intelligence; ways to increase self-awareness to improve your understanding of how you look at the world; and case studies. There may actually be too... read more

Reviewed by Constance Milbourne, Associate Professor, Rhode Island College on 4/11/17

This text covers a broad range of material examining the relationship between cultural intelligence and leadership. The collection of topics seems comprehensive, but depth within each topic is at times cursory. The author uses extensive... read more

Reviewed by Iris Savich, Instructor/Private Consultant, Portland Community College, Marylhurst University on 8/21/16

The text attempts to cover a wide range of culturally relevant material focusing on the author's model of Cultural Intelligence, yet the term and model is not fully defined until chapter 3. In addition, there are many culturally relevant terms... read more

Reviewed by Soumia Bardhan, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University on 8/21/16

This book presents a detailed and comprehensive account of the connection between leadership and cultural intelligence. It is a fair mix of anecdotes, leadership/culture-related concepts, reflection exercises, recommendations for practice, etc.... read more

Reviewed by Eric Cave, Lecturer, University of Massachusetts on 1/7/16

This book is comprehensive in the respect that it covers a very wide range of relevant material. It does not treat much of the material that it covers comprehensively, though. For instance, I found its treatment of the GLOBE study, for instance,... read more

Reviewed by Barry Carroll, Instructor and Program Director, Colorado State University on 1/7/16

The text seems to have been written based on the author's experience facilitating cultural intelligence seminars for industry and corporate leaders. In my opinion, it would make an effective supplemental text but is not comprehensive enough to... read more

Reviewed by Norma Friedman, Instructor, University Without Walls, University of Massachusetts, Amherst on 1/7/16

Text is comprehensive in its focus on leadership, but needs more literature on cultural intelligence. If the author has created this term then it would be useful to see its theoretical history. If created by the author then add credibility to the... read more

Reviewed by Catherine Steele, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University on 1/7/16

Because of the large number of topics the author attempts to cover, a glossary of terms is not only helpful but necessary. Highlighting key terms might make navigating the chapters more helpful for students. While overall good, some sections,... read more

Reviewed by Shelley Dubkin-Lee, Instructor/Program Coordinator, Oregon State University on 7/15/14

The text seems to be too comprehensive tying in too many concepts and not tying them all together. Cultural intelligence is somewhat defined, but then emotional intelligence is brought in, self-efficacy is introduced, and other concepts that... read more

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: Culturally Intelligent Leadership Matters
  • Chapter 2: Understanding Culture
  • Chapter 3: Cultural Intelligence Defined
  • Chapter 4: Thinking About Thinking
  • Chapter 5: I Think I Can and I Will
  • Chapter 6: Adapting and Performing
  • Chapter 7: Cultural Intelligence in Action
  • Chapter 8: The Future of Cultural Intelligence

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  • About the Book

    Organizations in the 21st century are in need of culturally intelligent managers and leaders. The pressure to build authentic global networks and to cultivate an appreciation and respect for cultural differences and similarities has driven cultural intelligence to the forefront of diversity and inclusion work.

    Preparing today's students to be effective leaders in their professional lives requires that they hone their cultural intelligence as it is vital to working inter- and intra-culturally in today's global economy. This unique ability to identify, recognize, and acknowledge the differences and similarities that exist between and among cultural groups and systems will set their leadership skills apart from the masses. And when applied, cultural intelligence can bridge the gap in cultural misunderstanding by creating awareness, knowledge, and patience of cultural norms and behaviors.

    The purpose of Leading With Cultural Intelligence by Mia Moua is to outline the important ideas of cultural intelligence and the steps that must be considered and then practiced to become a culturally intelligent leader. The most important aspect covered within this book is that cultural intelligence is both a strategy and a tool towards cultural competency and proficiency. This book outlines the importance of understanding culture and its impact on organizations, the strategic value of cultural intelligence, and the significance of integrating and practicing cultural intelligence in everyday business life. When all these aspects are properly integrated and applied in the leadership and management process, organizations are more innovative and adaptable to respond to cultural changes.

    About the Contributors


    Mai Moua is the founder and president of Leadership Paradigms, Inc., a consulting firm which specializes in leadership and organizational development and training. She is Hmong-American and came to the United States in 1979 as a refugee from Thailand.

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