Expanding your knowledge of culture beyond that of your own can be very beneficial. To start, let’s first answer the question, “What is cultural intelligence?”. Cultural intelligence is the ability to work well in culturally diverse situations. Anyone can be culturally intelligent because it is a skill that is learned. Let’s start with the concept of self awareness. There is so much self growth and discovery that can stem from becoming more culturally aware. Self awareness is gained best by learning from others. Learning about other cultures causes one to identify the causes of preconceived notions and ideas that they may have about other cultures and beliefs. It opens one’s mind to views and mentalities that may not have yet been contemplated. Cultural intelligence looks different for everyone. That is why it is such a personal experience that allows for self awareness and self growth. It is important to note that it is very malleable. Cultural intelligence is beneficial in the workplace as well. 70% of international ventures fail due to cultural differences. Understanding why or how others complete tasks in certain ways can build trust. This allows for more team building and better communication. This new found self awareness can lead to a better understanding of one’s capabilities in the workplace. This allows for identification of areas for improvement and a desire to grow as an individual. A better understanding of others allows for a sense of trust to be established with those around you. Expanding your knowledge of culture can expand your way of thinking overall. This can allow for new solutions and problem solving within the workplace, and in life in general. 90% of leading executives from 68 countries have named multicultural leadership as their top management challenge. There are so many benefits of expanding your cultural intelligence that range far beyond the workplace and into your own personal life. Let’s start our journey of becoming culturally intelligent together!