By Lauventria Robinson
Vice President, Diversity Business Development, The Coca-Cola Company

I believe that sports and athletic activity is a universal language, and also a perfect example of how teamwork needs to be at the heart of projects to reach objectives and the best results. In my career, I have also sought to be part of and develop “winning and diverse” teams. I have learned from experience that in order to achieve your goals, you need a variety of perspectives to generate winning results. An importance leadership characteristic that I look for in my team is “cultural competency,” or the ability to effectively work with diverse individuals. As the workforce becomes more diverse, this competency will become increasingly critical to all leaders.