PMI Portland Chapter

Leading with Dignity

Leading with Dignity

Essential Skills for Leading Across Borders and Cultures

As globalization continues to gain speed and strength, the 'one-size-fits-all' approach to leadership is no longer sufficient to effectively engage an increasingly diverse, multicultural, and international array of project stakeholders. The capacity to lead innovation and transformation through harnessing the power of cultural synergy is becoming an increasingly important skill for individuals at all levels of the organization, especially those working on projects and programs that engage culturally and linguistically diverse team members and stakeholders. 

Drawing from the growing body of research in cognitive, social, and cultural neuroscience, this highly interactive workshop will introduce a dignity-centered framework for understanding cultural diversity. These principles focus on core cultural dimensions that explain how dignity is defined, honored, and violated across cultures. Understanding these dimensions is critical to understanding why the most consistent underlying source of conflict in culturally diverse collaboration is linked to perceived dignity violations. The framework will help you understand the role dignity plays in shaping how different cultures approach:

  • Making decisions and solving problems
  • Reaching agreements and gaining commitments
  • Raising issues and dealing with conflict
  • Giving negative feedback and handling bad news
  • Building trust, rapport, and psychological safety

Participants will move beyond the simple “dos and don’ts” of cultural awareness to a more sophisticated understanding of cultural diversity; they will see the key role that leaders play in fostering cultural intelligence as a key enabler of innovation and competitive growth. They will learn how to prevent cultural misunderstandings from turning into dignity violations that erode trust and undermine engagement and inclusion. 

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Acquire a deeper understanding of own culture and how it impacts behavior in a multicultural setting
  2. Build the confidence to motivate and influence stakeholders, clients, suppliers, and colleagues from different cultures
  3. Learn to adapt your communication and leadership styles to the needs and demands of cross-cultural environments
  4. Develop the skills to increase collaboration, trust, and team effectiveness for optimal performance
  5. Gain practical tips, techniques, and strategies for overcoming a variety of common challenges of leading across cultures

Presenter Bio

samadaidane dignitywkshop 630Samad Aidane, MSc., PMP, is a lecturer in the Master of Science in Project Management at Northeastern University. He is also an instructor at Oregon State University where he teaches two courses he developed on Cultural Intelligence and Emotional Intelligence for the Leadership Development Certificate Program.

His project management industry experience spans telecom, finance, health care, and government technology implementation projects in the U.S., Germany, Austria, and Belgium, with organizations such as HP, Cap Gemini, Time Warner Telecom, and Telefonica. 

Samad has provided training workshops for organizations such as Nike, Emirate Airlines, HP and various local PMI Chapters (Washington, Oregon, Utah, Virginia).  He presented at international conferences such as Project Management Institute Global Congress, Dubai International Project Management Forum, and Oracle OpenWorld.  He holds a Master of Science Degree in the Neuroscience of Leadership from Middlesex University, U.K. His current Ph.D. research investigates the factors that promote or hinder project stakeholder engagement of culturally diverse local communities.



  • $40 Non-members
    $25 Chapter Members
    $25 Chapter Student Members

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Presented via Zoom. Details available with registration


The course will provide 4 Leadership PDUs
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Event Properties

Event Date 06-30-2020 8:30 am
Event End Date 06-30-2020 12:30 pm
Registration Start Date 05-16-2020
Cut off date 06-25-2020 11:55 pm
Individual Price $40.00
Location Virtual
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