This experience was an exploration of what it means to be a leader in a multinational environment.
Leading in such a diverse context demands awareness of the intricate tapestry of cultures and personal profiles that make up our international cohort. It is like navigating through a mosaic of traditions, languages and worldviews, all coming together under one common purpose.
The journey of leadership in this setting requires sensitivity and adaptability. It is about recognizing that leadership is not one-size-fits-all; it’s about customizing your approach to resonate with individuals from different backgrounds. It means being aware of the nuances that can either bridge or create gaps between the team.
One of the most remarkable aspects of this course was the opportunity for networking and forming new friendships.
Sergeant First Class Kragh said:
Despite our diverse origins, we found common ground and shared experiences that transcended our differences. In essence, this course taught me that while our backgrounds may be diverse, our aspirations and struggles as leaders are remarkably similar.
Non-Commissioned Officer Intermediate Leadership course, Switzerland, October 2023, Sergeant First Class Camilla Kragh, NCISG 1NSB.
The course emphasized the importance of empathy, active listening, and fostering an inclusive environment where everyone’s unique perspectives are valued.
In the heart of Switzerland, against a backdrop of breathtaking landscapes, this course was a profound reminder that leadership knows no borders. It is about connecting on a human level, embracing differences, and learning from one another.
Sergeant First Class Kragh concluded:
These lessons will undoubtedly continue to shape my leadership journey, wherever it may take me next.