Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Assessing the Relationship Between Intercultural Competence and Leadership Styles: An Empirical Study of International Fulbright Students in the U.S.
by Cartwright, Chris Taylor, Ed.D., Portland State University, 2012, 205; 3540118
Abstract (Summary)

As U.S. higher education institutions strive to educate students to meet the needs of an increasingly complex world, there is great importance in studying the interplay between leadership and culture to enhance preparation of global-ready graduates. This inquiry examines the relationship between intercultural competence and leadership styles. The construct of intercultural competence focuses on effectiveness in engaging people across cultural differences, while the construct of leadership style or "connective leadership" focuses on the achieving styles employed to engage diverse followers. The Fulbright International Student Program offers an unparalleled opportunity to examine the dynamic interplay of intercultural and leadership development. More than 100 participants were surveyed using the Intercultural Effectiveness Scale and Achieving Styles Inventory psychometric instruments. Statistically significant correlations emerged between intercultural competence and connective leadership across four critical themes: individual development, the Fulbright Program, international education, and higher education. Overall, multiple leadership styles can be achieved through curiosity and continuous learning about cultural differences. Implications for individual learning and organizational development are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cress, Christine M.
Commitee: Allen, Janine M., Boesch, Becky A., Brown, Kimberley A.
School: Portland State University
Department: Education
School Location: United States -- Oregon
Source: DAI-A 74/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Higher Education Administration, Multicultural Education, Organizational behavior, Higher education
Keywords: Achieving, Competence, Fulbright, Fulbright International Student Program, Intercultural, Intercultural competence, International, Leadership, Leadership styles
Publication Number: 3540118
ISBN: 978-1-267-64777-1
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