Adoption of cultural competence levels within a leadership development program: A quantitative case study

by Grady, Michael W., Ph.D., CAPELLA UNIVERSITY, 2014, 133 pages; 3610255


Diverse demographics and increasingly more ethnic homogeneity in society drive leaders to increase their cultural competency. This study examines the effectiveness of a leadership development program's attempt to address leader's cultural competence through an intervention that engages participants in dialogue about race and cultural competency. The program recognizes cultural competency as a key element of leadership.

The study utilized the Scale of Ethnocultural Competency (SEE) to analyze cultural competence before and after the intervention. The study approach used a pre and post test methodology where the results of the scores were analyzed using a paired t-test statistical analysis. A review of the salient literature on cultural competency indicates that single interventions may or may not be as effective in convincing one to adopt cultural competency as a leadership skill. This study discusses the implications of the results in the context of the study design as well as what may be more effective in measuring cultural competency and designing interventions that address increasing leadership cultural competency.

AdviserJean Gordon
Source TypeDissertation
SubjectsCultural resources management; Management; Organizational behavior
Publication Number3610255

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