Cultural Competence Self-assessment Awareness Checklist

Cultural Competence Self-assessment Awareness Checklist
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In our other articles of this month, we spoke about honing your cultural intelligence and gave you ways to prevent and resolve culturally-based disputes. In this article, we have a personal cultural competence checklist to help you consider your awareness during interpersonal relations and to assist you to recognise what you can do to become more sensitive in working and living in a diverse environment.

 Place a tick next to the statement that you find best describes you.

  1. I do not use my cultural standards to judge the beliefs and behaviours of others of a different culture.
  2. I accept my colleagues’ decisions as to the degree to which they choose to acculturate into the dominant culture.
  3. I am driven to respond to others’ culturally-insensitive comments or behaviours.
  4. I proactively avoid making culturally-biased comments.
  5. I proactively seek understanding with regards to the way a decision is made.
  6. I am aware of the different styles of decision-making.
  7. I proactively clarify and justify the way I make decisions to avoid accidentally hurting the feelings of others.
  8. I understand the difference between a communication disability and a communication difference.
  9. I understand that the use of a foreign accent or limited English skill is not a reflection of reduced intellectual capacity.
  10. I understand the impact of culture on leadership styles.
  11. I understand the impact of culture on the purpose of meetings.
  12. I understand the impact of culture in how people deal with conflicts and negotiations are done.
  13. I understand the impact of culture in the preferred kind of feedback people give (motivational, constructive or no-feedback).
  14. I understand that different cultural norms may influence communication in many ways, including:
    1. Eye-contact
    2. Interpersonal space
    3. Use of gestures
    4. Comfort with silence
    5. Turn-taking
    6. Topics of conversation
    7. Asking and responding to questions
    8. Greetings
    9. Interruptions
    10. Use of humour
    11. Decision-making roles

Concluding thoughts:

If more than 80% of these statements apply to you, congratulations. You are culturally aware and are able to communicate effectively with different cultures. Now, work on what you have missed out!

If you scored below 80%, do not worry. Remember that this checklist is simply a tool and not a test and that cultural competence is a process that builds upon your experiences.

Want to continue to learn more about building cultural competence or do our Model of Freedom test to get a better understanding of your cultural preferences? Drop us an email at or!

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