There are many types of diverse teams. The kinds I'm referring to in this blog are globally diverse teams...at least three different countries, multi-gender, multi-cultural, multi-racial teams. The first team I led like this in Shell had a Danish expat male based in London, a French male expat based in The Hague, an Australian woman based in The Hague, an Australian woman based in Melbourne and an American woman based in Houston. Later we added a Malaysian male based in Singapore.
First, a leader has to develop their cultural awareness. Many will be familiar with the iceberg model, an example of which I've posted. Those things above the waterline are those that are visible but actually represent a small percentage of the things that drive behavior that are represented below the water line. I also believe there is some self study required. Geert Hofstede's work and Fons Trompenaars work are both examples of research that can help leaders understand those things "under the water line" that are critical to successful leadership of a global team. So tip #1 is Deepen your Cultural Awareness. How? Study, Reflect, Travel outside your home country.