Leadership And Multicultural Competency Chapter

Length: 2 pages Sources: 1+ Subject: Leadership Type: Chapter Paper: #34099142 Related Topics: Multiculturalism, Group Counseling, Professionalism, Psychotherapy
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Multicultural Competency

Cultural Competency and Group Leadership

Group leadership is important, in that a group needs to be cohesive. Without the right leadership there will be no cohesion, which can lead to the failing of the group (DeLucia-Waack, Kalodner, & Riva, 2013). While leadership does not seem particularly difficult for many people, there are many different facets to leadership that have to be addressed. One of these facets is multicultural competency. This means that a good leader must be careful to understand each person in the group and his or her culture, in order to take that culture into account when it comes to making the group work well together (Yalom & Leszcz, 2005). The cohesion of any group is difficult enough without cultural issues, but the gaps can be bridged when there is a good leader available. Learning to address multicultural issues can be taught, but some of it is also intuitive in nature (DeLucia-Waack, Kalodner, & Riva, 2013).

This is important to consider, because some people...


They take to the role more comfortably, and they have people who want to follow them. People who are leaders get and keep that title because they collect followers. People are drawn to them, and those people choose to follow them because they feel comfortable with them and are interested in what they have to say. That is different from being a manager, as a manager generally gives orders that other people have to follow. Leaders are more likely to work with their followers, instead of just giving orders and remaining behind a desk or in an office while those orders are carried out (DeLucia-Waack, Kalodner, & Riva, 2013). Even the most charismatic leaders, though, can alienate followers if they are not culturally sensitive. That is why multicultural leadership is so important, and why it must be addressed by leaders even before they start forming groups or collecting followers.

Culture is something that is ingrained in the majority of people. They grow up with it, and they generally embrace it -- or at least parts of it. However, a good leader must also be very careful to actually understand a person's culture, and to do that for each person in the group. There is a distinct difference between learning about and appreciating someone's culture, and making what he or…

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DeLucia-Waack, J.L., Kalodner, C.R., & Riva, M.T. (2013). Handbook of group counseling and psychotherapy. NY: Sage Publications.

Yalom, I. & Leszcz, M. (2005). Theory and practice of group psychotherapy. (5th ed.). NY: Basic Books.

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