Culture is a broad umbrella phrase that encompasses the collective behaviors and traditions observed in various human communities, and the shared beliefs, arts, skills, laws, customs, attitudes, and capabilities of the people in those communities. The extent of culture in any society is vast, even when we look at small communities such as schools or colleges. A simple glance at a college campus will show you that the degree of diversity is very high, with countless cultures represented on its premises. Even within a school like this, there are two distinctly different kinds: one that is predominantly Christian and another that is primarily Muslim. This kind of diversity is also reflected in the businesses and careers pursued by students from these schools. This is why it is important to develop the leadership qualities of a student with a background in a particular culture, and imbibe those traits and values into ones own personal and leadership style.
Developing a sense of cultural differences and their effect on society is an important first step for any leader seeking to build an inclusive team. Leaders should understand that cultural gaps and differences do not just impact on performance and results in the workforce. They also create barriers to social harmony and peace. In order to eliminate these barriers, leaders should take steps to eliminate cultural differences through education, family programs, and positive reinforcement.
Cultural gaps can be overcome through systematic approaches such as surveys, case studies, focus groups, interaction with various social group members, and individual interviews. A comprehensive approach would require extensive fieldwork and analysis of a wide variety of perspectives. However, when dealing with small and isolated communities, it may not be possible to conduct such an endeavor. For instance, in a school with a very homogenous population, the effects of a particular culture may be so powerful that changes to the way the school functions would simply be too drastic. One way to avoid such a problem is to select a specific community and culture as a focus group in a particular case study.
The dominant culture in most Africa is the Muslim one. Since most Africans living in Africa are Muslims, it is not surprising that cultural differences in behavior exist between them. Some of these differences are more than just mere custom, as they are rooted in beliefs and norms that are deeply rooted in traditional African culture. For example, many Muslims in Africa wear clothes that are very conservative in appearance. These customs form the basis of their identity, and while they may have roots in a traditional African culture, these roots may be difficult to recognize and, in some instances, they are adopted wholesale.
Developing a sense of African culture requires taking the research approach. While anthropological research cannot answer questions about the origin of culture in Africa, it can shed light on the development of various cultures and the factors that influence them. For example, some anthropologists have found evidence of parallel evolution between African and Asian societies, highlighting the role of culture in influencing the emergence of modern human beings across the continent.
Archaeological evidence also sheds light on the role of culture in shaping personality and society. Archeological findings have found tools and weapons that indicate that people from different regions of the globe used similar styles of jewelry, metalwork, and other material objects. Similarly, the use of different symbols in African cultures also provides evidence of their borrowing each other culture’s practices and beliefs. In addition, archeological findings also provide information on the religious beliefs and rituals practiced by various cultures around the world. This helps us to understand how and why various people from different cultures come to rely on certain material objects – for example, how humans from the African continent used metal tools to make weapons and make jewelry, or how North African countries such as Nigeria used their rich oil and natural gas resources to accumulate large fortunes – as well as on the religious beliefs they used to justify these practices.