How to manage a multicultural team ?

Multicultural relationships have always existed. Today, in an era of globalisation, multicultural teams are becoming increasingly common. These teams have a high intercultural power and they greatly impact the effectiveness and wealth of the company. However, to get results from these differences it is important to change your management style, mainly because of the different cultures and behaviours that are part of your team.

When managing an international team there are rules to follow, to facilitate efficiency and receive the best results. When referring to rules, it means that there is no universal approach to management. Be aware that the perfect manager does not exist. However, there are common characteristics shared by successful international managers.


  • Be effective

A multicultural team will have members of different values and cultures. The team will be faced with misunderstanding leading to potential conflicts, and as any good manager you will need to resolve these issues, calmly and successfully. Being conscious of their cultural differences, you will have to learn to adapt and teach your team to evolve into a constructive environment.

  • Be open-minded

Task execution and crisis management are totally different from a country to another. In Europe it is essential to proceed with the task quickly. However, in Asia the presentation and method of completion is the most valued. It is important to know these differences of working style to prevent any team issues.

  • Be cohesive

Team Building is crucial to make your team more cohesive, the most important factor for a company to get good results. A close-knit team creates confidence. This confidence will enable the group to operate efficiently and thus achieve more profits for the company.


Louise Zinsstag, a young Swiss trainee in a Malaysian company, mainly desires of her manager to have “mutual-understanding”. If we can give you one advice to succeed this may be this one. Mutual understanding is the most important quality you have to develop in your team in order to make it work. Obviously the whole team need to adopt this way of thinking to create a good work environment.

Stop thinking about the myth of the global manager, because there is no perfect global manager. However, by paying attention to your employees needs you will become the best possible manager for them.

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