Cultures vary on the following four dimensions. In individualist cultures, people seek individual achievement and recognition, whereas collectivist cultures value the ties between people, and self-interest is subordinate to that of the group. In high-power cultures, people show great respect to higher-status people and feel uncomfortable challenging authority; low-power cultures take a more egalitarian view and are less willing to accept authority. In risk-avoidance cultures, people value stability and group harmony, whereas people in risk-taking cultures are action-oriented and willing to take risks. In control-oriented cultures, leaders attempt to monitor and control the behavior of subordinates, whereas leaders in commitment- oriented cultures are facilitators who guide and motivate subordinates.
Conflict can occur when the cultural orientations of the individual athlete are not aligned or understood in context of the team’s cultural orientation. This assessment can be critical in understanding, preventing, and resolving conflict in sports teams. Contact us for help in assessing your team.