Leading with Cultural Intelligence

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Mai Moua, Leadership Paradigms, Inc

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4533328-9-4

Publisher: Saylor Foundation

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Reviewed by Susan Baim, Professor, Miami University, on 6/20/2018.

The text seems to be highly comprehensive, especially given the fact that it addresses leadership within the context of cultural intelligence – a … read more



Reviewed by Julie Swaringim-Griffin , Program Coordinator , Oklahoma State University , on 5/22/2018.

This book could be recommended for a low level leadership diversity course as an additional reading to other leadership materials. This book is not … read more



Reviewed by Paul Longenecker, MSAH Program Director, Otterbein University, on 5/22/2018.

The book provides a excellent array of topics related to concepts of organizational behavior and leadership focused around cultural intelligence. … read more



Reviewed by Sarah Dixon-Hackey, Adjunct Professor, Minnesota State Community Technical College - Moorhead, MN, on 5/22/2018.

The text is fairly comprehensive in its coverage of a number of aspects relating to cultural intelligence. It takes a largely vast and somewhat … read more



Reviewed by Lindy-Anne Abawi, Associate Professor, University of Southern Queensland, on 2/2/2018.

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 … read more



Reviewed by Angie Carter, Clinical Assistant Professor, Clemson University , on 2/2/2018.

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 … read more



Reviewed by Mary Tucker, Professor, Ohio University, on 2/2/2018.

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 … read more



Reviewed by Daniel Bowan, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University - Pueblo, on 2/2/2018.

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



Reviewed by Tracy Tachiera, Instructor, Washington State University Vancouver, on 6/21/2017.

This book gives a thorough background of various elements of culture; an explanation of cultural intelligence; ways to increase self-awareness to … read more



Reviewed by Constance Milbourne, Associate Professor, Rhode Island College, on 4/12/2017.

This text covers a broad range of material examining the relationship between cultural intelligence and leadership. The collection of topics seems … read more



Reviewed by Iris Savich, Instructor/Private Consultant, Portland Community College, Marylhurst University, on 8/22/2016.

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 … read more



Reviewed by Soumia Bardhan, Assistant Professor, Kansas State University, on 8/22/2016.

This book presents a detailed and comprehensive account of the connection between leadership and cultural intelligence. It is a fair mix of … read more



Reviewed by Eric Cave, Lecturer, University of Massachusetts, on 1/8/2016.

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 … read more



Reviewed by Barry Carroll, Instructor and Program Director, Colorado State University, on 1/8/2016.

The text seems to have been written based on the author's experience facilitating cultural intelligence seminars for industry and corporate leaders. … read more



Reviewed by Norma Friedman, Instructor, University Without Walls, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, on 1/8/2016.

Text is comprehensive in its focus on leadership, but needs more literature on cultural intelligence. If the author has created this term then it … read more



Reviewed by Catherine Steele, Assistant Professor, Colorado State University, on 1/8/2016.

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 … read more



Reviewed by Shelley Dubkin-Lee, Instructor/Program Coordinator, Oregon State University, on 7/16/2014.

The text seems to be too comprehensive tying in too many concepts and not tying them all together. Cultural intelligence is somewhat defined, but … 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

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.