ArticleLeadership for Cross-Cultural Respect Among Health Care Personnel An Alternative ApproachDeLellis, Anthony J. EdDAuthor Information From the School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. Mr DeLellis is Assistant Dean for Administration, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University. At the same University he was previously Director of the Program in Long-Term and Health Care Management, and Assistant Director and Research Administrator in the Division of Substance Abuse Medicine. Correspondence: Anthony J. DeLellis, School of Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University, P.O. Box 980567, Richmond, VA 23298 (e-mail: [email protected]). The Health Care Manager: January 2006 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p 85-90 Buy Abstract This article offers an alternative view of culture, one that focuses on similarities among peoples rather than upon differences. Explored are aspects of organizational culture and organizational subcultures likely to influence the relationships among personnel and accordingly, delivery of health care services. The author offers advice to leaders in health care organizations on how to move toward mutual respect across cultures by focusing on involvement of everyone in supporting the organizational mission and establishing consensus on respect-worthy professional behavior. For leaders who would inspire cross-cultural respect among health care personnel, 7 guidelines are offered. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.