Mgr. Karolina KUBELOVA
Faculty of Management, Comenius University in Bratislava
In global society it is inevitable for everyone to respect and value other cultures and not to let their decisions be influenced by stereotypes or presumptions based on rumors. The openness of mind in connection with culture awareness is the most important prerequisite for a manager culturally prepared for global environment. Sensitiveness to perceived differences, individual approach to cultural differences and the ability to exploit these differences in favor of the own personal success and at the same time for the overall success of the company lead the proper advancement towards global success. An effective manager who understands and fulfils also the role of a leader is capable to manifest the transfer of these values on other people and thus influence their behavior.
Communication could present a huge chasm originated from cultural differences separating the concerned parties. Global initiative requires mutual comprehension. Free of this presumption local operations will rely on their own operational methods or problem solution and thus the chasm becomes even larger. A properly designed cross-cultural training could present foundations to build a bridge over this chasm.
KEY WORDS: cultural differences, leadership, globalization, cross-cultural training.