CHAPTER 9

Cultural Diversity and Leadership

COL Julie T. Manta, U.S. Army

A great many people think they are thinking when they are merely rearranging their prejudices.

WILLIAM JAMES

The U.S. military is no different from most large organizations, both public and private, whose leaders are studying the impact of globalization and the interdependence of nations and diverse peoples. Thomas Friedman labels this phenomenon “Globalization 3.0” and characterizes it as “the newfound power for individuals to collaborate and compete globally to flatten and shrink the world.” He emphasizes that the people driving Globalization 3.0 will become more diverse and that “non-Western, non-white . . . individuals from every corner of the flat world are being ...

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