Understanding Your Cultural Intelligence

It is becoming increasingly important in cross-cultural communication to learn skills that allow you to understand and communicate with people who are totally unlike you. By exercising this skill, it is vital to come back to the principle of knowing your core and flex. Your core and flex dictates your behaviours, values and beliefs, and distinguishing between those elements that are incredibly crucial to your personal makeup and aspects of your life that you can not live without at all, and the rest of your makeup that can be moulded into any situation.

If you find that your core diminishes into only covering the smallest part of your life, people tend to stop putting their trust into these people as they have no beliefs or values imbedded in their work or relationships. However, on the other end of the spectrum, where people tend to hold their mores so close to themselves that their core becomes their entire self, adaptation in a constantly evolving society becomes so difficult that they often get left behind. Often what can provoke people to close or open their core depend on their levels of judgments and prejudgments, and how ready they are to becoming more accepting of different belief systems around them. Further, those people who grow up or live in multicultural societies, where their core is tested everyday, are more aware of their flex and how important it is to not let them intertwine.

Having cultural intelligence is not something that relies purely on studying and understanding the outside world, a world of new cultures and languages and traditions. It’s core relies on understanding your own culture and its different levels of importance, and how it may manoeuvre in difficult situations. Knowing your core will help you work better in your team and as a leader. The stronger you are in your core and the more flexible you are in your flex, the greater trust you will build, the more confidence you will emit and the more you will be able to manage yourself across many different platforms, people and environments.

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