Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #170 Veronica Llorca Leading With Cultural Agility

Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast #170 Veronica Llorca-Smith Leading With Cultural Agility

Leading With Cultural Agility

On this episode of the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast, Craig Johns speaks with Veronica Llorca-Smith about leading with cultural agility, being a global citizen who has lived in 9 countries, and an emerging thought leader on culture, diversity, equity and inclusion.

We also dive into bringing her children up in.a multilinguil environment, inclusive leadership, being aware of conscious or unconscious bias, and ensuring everyone has a voice and knows their voice matters.

Veronica Llorca-Smith – Leading With Cultural Agility

Veronica Llorca-Smith had lived in 9 countries and speaks 6 languages, including Mandarin, she has a wealth of corporate experience in retail and B2B businesses from around the world. A humble, vibrant and human centric leader who founded Sea Line Asia a freight Forwarding Company, has her own publication Smiling World, speaker on people and culture, is a triathlete and beautiful mother of two daughters.

She has a master’s in international business and Marketing from the Complutense University of Madrid and a bachelors in International, Business and Economic Law from the University of Salamanca. Veronica brings 18 years of corporate experience in leadership roles managing and developing large teams for world-class companies like Apple and Estée Lauder.

Veronica Llorca-Smith has talked about:

  • Growing up in a multi-cultural world
  • Moving to China as her first role
  • Stepping out of your comfort zone
  • Inspiring great leaders she look up to
  • Leading with cultural agility
  • How leadership is evolving across the world
  • Digitalisation of the workplace
  • Inclusive leadership
  • Differences between Apple and Estee Lauder
  • Importance of active listening
  • How to tackle cultural diversity
  • Setting the tone in meetings
  • It’s ok to be vulnerable as a leader
  • Last time doing for a first time


“It’s more important to teach you how to lose, than to teach you how to win.” Veronica Llorca-Smith on her dads advice on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

“What I will leave for you is languages and a University degree, so that you don’t need anyone to find a way or find a job.” Lessons from Veronica Llorca-Smith’s dad on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

“Cultural Agility is not something that you read about, it’s something that you experience.” The importance of having cultural agility as a leader with Veronica Llorca-Smith’s on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

“The moment you start to create value and to create content for yourself, you start to build a network.” Becoming a thought leader with Veronica Llorca-Smith’s on the Inspiring Great Leaders Podcast.

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active CEO Podcast 129 Craig Johns Establish Diverse Professional Relationships

active CEO Podcast #129 Establish Diverse Professional Relationships

active CEO Podcast 129 Craig Johns Establish Diverse Professional Relationships

Establish diverse professional RELATIONSHIPS that are supportive, enjoyable & dependable.

Diversity in leadership and teams is most spoken about as of gender or race. I believe that the some of the most profound diversity we experience in life is related to the diversity of thought. This allows the greatest opportunity for innovation and high performing teams to occur.

Establish diverse professional relationships is all about creating an environment that encourages diversity of thought, diversity of perspective, diversity of opinion.

To create a diversity of thought you need to surround yourself with people who have diverse experiences. Differences in learning styles, industries, race, gender, socioeconomic backgrounds and influences. None of the differences are more potent than the other. It is the collective diversity that matters.

By bringing together people who come from different perspectives at the table, the solutions that we bring to our clients, the way we interact, and the relationships we build with our clients and ourselves are going to distinguish ourselves from our competitors. 

It is important that you create an environment were people maintain their individuality, rather than groupthink, which can occur when we surround ourselves with like minded people. You want people who look through different lenses, listen through different ears and speak with different voices.

3 Areas of diversity that provide greater organizational performance:

  1. Intentional recruitment of diverse employees;
  2. Develop diverse integrative programs rather than diversity programs; and
  3. Create an environment where diversity of thought, perspective and opinion is rewarded.

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