Diverse Teams: The Norm in Today’s Business World

11/11/2014

Everyone can agree that diverse teams are the norm in today’s business environment. Businesses are becoming increasingly global, people are moving more frequently and working internationally, remote teams are becoming more common, and diversity beyond national culture is a given – whether on international or national teams.

Technology has removed many boundaries between people, creating a virtually borderless workplace that connects employees, customers, partners and suppliers. In addition, corporate hierarchies are disappearing, and people increasingly work in diverse teams with flatter organizational structures. 

Even what is perceived as a mostly homogenous team with all members from the same country and company will have many different cultural preferences represented within the team.

In this day and age, diverse team management skills are crucial for any business to succeed in implementing its strategic goals and initiatives. Highly skilled and culturally aware managers can better lead mergers and acquisitions, and launch effective initiatives geared toward global business growth and innovation, diversity and inclusion, and global talent and development.

Bettina Neidhardt