Leadership in ECE: cultural intelligence (part 4 of 5)

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Leadership in ECE: cultural intelligence (part 4 of 5)

Ruta McKenzie and Lima Magele, experienced Early Learning Facilitators, focus on the proverb “Ia su’i tonu le mata o le niu”, meaning to pierce the right eye of the coconut. The proverb describes the notion of leadership; to go about an undertaking in the proper way - leading the right way.

Ruta discusses the four factor model of cultural intelligence.

  • The first factor is motivational cultural intelligence. This is about showing an interest, confidence and drive to adapt cross culturally.
  • The second factor is cognitive cultural intelligence. It is about understanding cross cultural issues and differences.
  • The third factor is metacognitive cultural intelligence. This is about strategizing and making sense of culturally diverse experiences. It includes awareness, planning and checking
  • The fourth factor is behavioural, which refers to a leader’s ability to act appropriately when interacting cross culturally both verbally and non verbally.