A leader is one who knows how to cope with various situations, seek advice before making a decision and knows how to interact with people who have different traditions, beliefs, values, etc then their own. However, a leader also understands that many times some of these things will overlap. Finding common group and a sense of understanding is key.
While in Ghana, I found it no problem to be in the midst of a group of Ghanaians who were speaking in their native language. Though most of the time I did not understand everything they were saying, I studied their facial expressions, the laughter patterns and who they were directing their comments to and this helped me to understand better. When people see that you take an interest in them, they will take an interest in you also and share with you.
This trip overall has made me much more confident that I can go almost anywhere I've never been before and with time get accustomed to the culture, people, traditions and food, while still managing to be myself and share my background with others.