Remember the KEY to effective global leaders: Keep Extending Yourself. Stretching into areas of discomfort, even becoming comfortable with being uncomfortable, is often an important consideration for global leadership. For this assignment, you will write a reflection paper after choosing and completing one of the following three activities:
· View one episode of your choice of “Finding Your Roots” (a PBS program). OR
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· Visit an ethnic restaurant with which you are unfamiliar. OR
· Attend an ethnic/cultural festival to which you have never before been exposed.
a. Why did you choose the activity that you chose? (Especially consider your internal “debate” about what to do, not do, and why – that internal conversation may reveal some things for reflection.)
b. During the activity, in what ways did you become aware of feeling or being different from other people?
c. What did the activity leave you most curious about? What might increase your understanding of different cultures the next time you have such an experience?
d. What other experiences have you had that created some cultural discomfort for you?
e. Challenge yourself: Who are you? How are your values different from other people’s? How might your values not be the ‘norm’?
f. How does your identity inform the way you lead others?
g. What seems to be your next action step or area for personal and professional growth as it relates to inter-cultural issues