Category Archives: Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL)

Welcome to the U.S.: Peaches and Coconuts

I often hear something like the following from first-time visitors to the U.S., including many who are I-House residents: “Americans are so friendly.” Sometimes after this comes a comment along the lines of, “…but they’re very superficial.” In the study … Continue reading

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Welcome to the U.S.: Alcohol

Today we begin a new intermittent series on U.S. American culture, mostly for the benefit of our international students, but hopefully also enlightening for readers from the U.S. First a note on terminology. In the intercultural world, “U.S. American” is … Continue reading

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Resilience and Leadership

[This is part of an occasional series about the characteristics of intercultural leaders.] In times of trial and uncertainty we turn to our leaders for calm. When leaders aren’t calm, how can the rest of us be? I once worked … Continue reading

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What is intercultural competence? Part 1

Much of the work we do at the Center for Intercultural Leadership (CIL) revolves around developing something called “intercultural competence.” What is it? In simplest terms it means our ability to work well with people from different cultural backgrounds — … Continue reading

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Gaining Global Leadership Skills While Building Deep Friendships

The Intercultural Leadership Initiative (ILI) is a once in a lifetime opportunity for I-House residents and student staff.  Imagine a room full of young leaders from around the world thinking about how to be a more effective leader in today’s … Continue reading

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Empathy: An Anchor in the Storm

Words fail me — fail all of us, really — in the flurry of awful emotions after the violence in Paris last week. Speaking just for myself, I can’t possibly get my mind and heart around the horror of the … Continue reading

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The Power of Humility

[This is part of an occasional series about the characteristics of intercultural leaders.] Having spent ten years as a U.S. American living and working in China, I’ve been lucky enough to have had many, many chances to reframe intercultural challenges … Continue reading

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Better than Chocolate?

This blog post is courtesy of Jason D. Patent, Director of the Center for Intercultural Leadership at International House. As a parent I often find myself saying something like this to my daughters: “Life is about choices and tradeoffs. When … Continue reading

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