Leading Across Cultures

Ashridge Executive Education

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  • 3 days
  • online

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Who should attend

Mid- to senior-level leaders who manage international activities or global teams; leaders in global marketing and/or sales roles; international product and/or project managers; managers who have recently moved or will soon move to a different country.

About the course

Building bridges across differences is a necessity for the global leader. This program focuses on the mindset and skills needed to lead across cultural differences on a daily basis.

Global leadership in the 21st century requires acceptance of the things you don’t know, and the ability to lead others through meaningful relationships, especially when you don’t have all the answers yourself.

At the heart of this program’s lessons is the capacity to work effectively across personal differences, which requires an open-minded approach, delayed judgment, and an inclusive mentality. Each session will include a reference to these themes and experiential learning activities supporting the development of this mindset.

The program is designed around three vital building blocks for effective leadership across cultures: personal, interpersonal, and business.

Learn and Grow with a Study Partner

Participants will bring a future-oriented, real-life work case and collaborate closely with a peer in each session to apply the learned concepts to their case. The case will be fully prepared in the 3 weeks the program runs and will be rehearsed in the practice session with trained actors who will help participants explore global, cross-cultural interactions from every angle.

What you will learn

  • Establish a culture of trust and inclusion within teams
  • Use cultural intelligence to provide feedback and adapt when necessary
  • Put key concepts of cross-cultural negotiations into practice
  • Put key concepts of cross-cultural negotiations into practice

Online Learning

We deliver programs through a combination of self-study content and live virtual sessions with breakout rooms, simulations, and role-playing workshops. Participants are constantly invited to take part in the conversation, making the experience highly engaging.

Support when you need it

At every stage of the course, learners can get in touch with their professors or members from their cohort. Though the program is self-paced, participants are never alone, and they are encouraged to make connections with others to explore the course material from a variety of perspectives.


Frank Wiengarten

Frank Wiengarten has completed his PhD degree entitled "Measuring the performance impact of electronic business applications in buyer-supplier relationships within the German automotive industry" in September 2008 (Ulster Business School, UK). He holds a Diplom in Business & Management (Pader...

Debbie Bayntun-Lees

Debbie Bayntun-Lees joined Ashridge in November 2014 after 15 years as an Organisational Consultant, coach & facilitator and Director of Connecting for Change Ltd. She specialises in senior leadership development and cultural change utilising a range of theoretical perspectives, experiential ...

Vicki Townsley

Vicki is an experienced facilitator and consultant with an extensive background in the areas of Behavioural Change, Sales & Service, Local Market Sales Management, Sales Planning, Stakeholder Selling & Negotiation Skills. Her training career began in 2002, based out of Sydney and through...

Charlotta Brynger

Charlotta is Professor of Practice for the Humanities and Leadership at Ashridge Executive Education, Hult International Business School, and a certified Cross-Cultural Consultant and Facilitator. Every day she meets clients who work across cultures in one way or another – it can be in multicult...

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