With an American mother and Ghanaian father both having served, in the United States Armed Force, most of my upbringing resided in various locations in the U.S. and around the world. My family moved to Italy during my fifth grade year in 2001.While living in Italy, I attended an Italian middle school from fifth to eight grade and developed a proficiency in the Italian language. There are many differences in the culture of Italy. Certain issues that are acceptable in Italy are considered awkward in the U.S.. An example of these differences include the common greeting between close friends by the kissing of the cheeks. In Italy, social interaction is immediately on a personal level. The social aspect remains true in most of Europe. Europeans tend to invite you to dinner, introduce you to his or her family, and spend more time with you on a personal level. While some people find the personal custom strange, I notice how it relates to how business is accomplished.
Though my upbringing was in several different locations, I was raised in several locations on the gulf coast of Louisiana and Mississippi. I have experienced the full scope of southern hospitality which range from meeting a friend’s enter family in one night to making friends with several new people within a span of an hour. The atmosphere in southern U.S. is not different in southern Italy. I was able to see the various similarities in our cultures, but also respect and embrace the difference in our cultures.I believe that a leader should be able to embrace the qualities of different cultures.
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