Source |Linkedin.com | Shital Kakkar Mehra, Business Etiquette & Cross-cultural expert; Business Communication Coach for CXOs
Chivalry comes from the French word ‘chevalier’ and was a moral code of conduct practiced by the knights of Medieval Europe. This ‘male-only’ bastion celebrated honor, courage and integrity to protect the weaker people in their society. Interestingly, chivalry and culture are interlinked – it continues to be practiced in its traditional form in male-dominated Eastern societies whereas in equality-driven Western societies chivalry is viewed as an act of kindness.
In today’s world of business, chivalry has been redefined – it’s no longer gender-specific. Common questions related to chivalry in modern workplaces are:
· Who pays for a business meal? The person who invites (i.e. the host) pays.
· Who stands when greeting, shaking hands or exchanging business cards? Both men and women should stand when meeting and greeting their business associates.