To understand why cultural intelligence is important, I analyzed how cultural intelligence helps to develop a person’s leadership skills . Cultural intelligence is an essential skill for those who take on international jobs or work on diverse teams. Leaders who operate in a global environment need to feel confident and optimistic as they build strong relationships, encourage cooperation, and develop common goals with their counterparts across borders. Leaders must understand what drives the beliefs of their diverse colleagues. They need an understanding of Intelligence Quotient (IQ), Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and Cultural Intelligence (CQ) to be one among great leaders. Living in different cultures helps improve CQ, proving that education programs aimed at future global leaders should include both academic and experiential cross-cultural opportunities. When people get to know and understand different cultures, they realize that there is more than one way of thinking and that no one way is better than another.