Elizabeth A. Tuleja, PhD, ACC

USA, China

"If you want to change the world, start with yourself."


Dr. Tuleja’s area of expertise is Intercultural Communication and Global Leadership. She holds a master’s degree in Intercultural Communication and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, is an ACC credentialed leadership coach, and was a distinguished Fulbright Scholar to China.
She’s founder of the Intercultural Leader Institute™ which empowers leaders with cultural competence through cross-cultural assessment, courses, coaching, and consulting. www.theinterculturalleader.com
Author of several books, her most recent title is: Intercultural Communication for Global Business: How Leaders Communicate for Success (Routledge, 2021, 2e). You can receive 20% discount by using the code SMA10 at https://tinyurl.com/fz2sscc
Elizabeth has consulted with a variety of clients such as Boeing, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, AXA, Marriott International, Verizon, Whirlpool, U.S. Marines, U.S. Army, U.S. State Department, Panasonic Japan, China Development Bank, and HSBC.

Leadership Journey

It’s been 20 years since I started teaching in business schools across the globe – Wharton and Notre Dame in the USA and Chinese University of Hong Kong and Sichuan University in China. I’ve also lived in Mexico and Peru, where cultural curiosity introduced me to remarkable people and amazing adventures: I swam in cenotes – underground water caves in the Yucatan peninsula; and climbed Machu Picchu high in the Andes mountains, and I've traveled the world, learning new things with each passing day.
One of the things I learned when taking Tango lessons in Buenos Aires is just how unpredictable the rhythms, steps, and music can be. Tango can be spirited and lively but also intense and melancholy. The leader chooses how and where to move according to the beat of the music while the follower has to be alert to the subtle movements and rhythmic nuances. It’s a beautiful yet complicated type of dance that requires attention, concentration, and intuition; and without working together by being aware of each other, the surroundings, and the music, the dancers can fumble around awkwardly and without purpose. But when the dancers understand each other, their movements flow wonderfully.
Isn’t this similar in the workplace where we try to get along with each other, whether leaders or followers? It’s hard for today’s leader to navigate sensitive conversations and interactions regarding politics, religion, race, ethnicity, and gender. All too often we feel like we’re just clumsily stepping on someone else’s toes.
I help leaders successfully engage in difficult conversations regarding cultural differences in today’s multicultural workforce through online courses, coaching, and consulting. You can visit www.theinterculturalleader.com to sign up for more information on courses so that you can create more meaningful impact across your work.