This Week’s Focus Point
By Dr. Jason Carthen
Subtle Nuances of Global Leadership
During a recent meeting with a rising and very talented leader, the conversation surrounding the subtle nuances of global leadership was discussed. This individual has a proven track record of success in both the foreign and domestic arena of business. When asked how he has been able to experience a certain level of success, his reply was very telling. He humbly shared that he had made the commitment to learn from his failures, and through this learning, wisdom had taken root.
Navigate the Barriers Effectively
You see, leading can be a lonely and draining experience that does not always offer a large return on the investment or a guarantee of success. In a global context, this is also true as many outside factors can change the outcome of a business venture. A leader that is able to effectively navigate barriers to success in a global environment possesses, humility, vision, and the desire to effectively negotiate with others.
Barriers to Success
As it relates to both domestic and foreign organizations, barriers to success are compounded even more as greater competition from other expatriates has intensified the options for employees globally. For example, when General Electric (GE) began its expansion into foreign countries, it was important to make sure that employees of GE looked and represented the country they were working in.
Hire Employees from Every Corner of the Globe
Now, from a strategic perspective, it is not enough to simply hire employees that are from the same country, you must “vet” and engage all types of job candidates because those applying are from every corner of the globe due to technological advances, diverse enrollment in American Universities and flatter organizational structures.
Ensure Successful Business Outcomes
This suggests a direct relationship between supply and demand or cause and effect relative to successful business outcomes. Furthermore, global leaders whether foreign or domestic, are charged with being situationally ready to meet employees where they are in order to get the most out of them; regardless of the presenting challenges or possible barriers to performance caused by cultural differences.
Are you ready to make the global leap as a leader? If not, what are some of the things that you need to target for effectiveness?