"Kaufman (1995) believed that building confianza (trust) is essential for effective leadership and success in other endeavors in Latin America. He stated that foreigners are particularly vulnerable to poor communication, that causes mistrust and that once trust is broken in Latin America it is difficult to rebuild. Clark (n.d.) held that Peruvian mistrust of foreigners dates to the conquest of Peru by Francisco Pizarro and his betrayal of Atahualpa." - McIntosh, Ch. 2, Pg. 21.
Our day today (29th July) was spent in a village outside of Cuzco, Peru where we interacted with mostly younger children. Playing with them builds this trust which is so important in developing and fostering a good relationship between our two cultures. The FSU group worked together as a team, and this had a positive impact on our new friends.
Servant leadership can be difficult to achieve, and as McIntosh alludes to, servant leadership between two cultures presents its own unique problems. Today was a step towards a more perfect servant leadership role between our two cultures.
Photos by Becca Ramspott