Recently I have had several conversations about the qualities of good leadership and what makes a good leader. One theme that emerged was leaders being authentic, open and genuinely sharing aspects of themselves whether it be about their family, life or experiences. However, it made me realise that in terms of culture this can be quite challenging.

In cultures that are hierarchical for example, it may be quite uncomfortable for this sharing to occur, or it could seem inappropriate for employees to ask their superiors more personal questions. It highlights the need for leaders to find ways within their own cultural and organisational context to ensure they are being authentic and can develop trust with their teams.

What cultural norms do you need to navigate to be a successful leader?