Module Note | May 2006

Leading Culturally Diverse Teams

by Robin J. Ely

Abstract

Describes the Leading Culturally Diverse Teams module (eight class sessions), which teaches students the leadership perspectives and skills necessary to develop high-functioning, culturally diverse teams (teams diverse in, for example, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality). The module explores the forces within society and individuals that hinder the effective functioning of culturally diverse teams, and it examines how team leaders can foster conditions that make cultural diversity an asset rather than a liability. The material can be taught in various configurations, depending on the desired depth.

Keywords: Competency and Skills; Diversity Characteristics; Leadership; Groups and Teams; Perspective; Culture;

Citation:

Ely, Robin J. "Leading Culturally Diverse Teams." Harvard Business School Module Note 406-097, May 2006.