Drive and Knowledge

David Livermore | Jan 21, 2010

This week we’ve been looking at what it means to lead with CQ (cultural intelligence), and why it’s an essential skill for ministry leaders. Today we’ll look at the first two steps:

Step 1: CQ Drive

CQ Drive is your level of interest, drive, and energy to adapt cross-culturally. Do you have the confidence and drive to work through the challenges and conflict that inevitably accompany cross-cultural ministry? Without ample motivation, theres little point in spending time and money on training, travel, and global strategizing.

Step 2: CQ Knowledge

CQ Knowledge is your understanding about culture and its role in shaping how ministry is done. Do you understand the way culture shapes thinking and behavior? While CQ Knowledge remains at the core of many cross-cultural approaches, this element is just one dimension of becoming culturally intelligent and yields little results when used on its own.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the next two steps in the process.

David Livermore

David Livermore is a thought leader in cultural intelligence (CQ) and global leadership. He’s president and partner at the Cultural Intelligence Center in East Lansing, Michigan. Dave has done training and consulting with leaders in 100 countries across the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe. Dave has authored several books, including Serving With Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence, Cultural Intelligence: Improving your CQ to Engage our Multicultural World, and The Cultural Intelligence Difference. Dave has been part of the Short-Term Missions research team with FYI and contributed to Deep Justice Journeys.


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