Within every great organization lies a variety of equally great leaders. The idea of a leader, and the concept of what makes them competent, is a subjective term with multiple and often competing definitions. With global inter-dependency evident in the world today and at the forefront of media outlets, the importance of developing a global mindset proves to be an advantageous facet for one’s leadership style and is a quality companies look for in applicants.
Let’s breakdown why this is important. According to an article posted by Marshall Goldsmith published in the Harvard Business Review, globalization is here to stay and effective leaders should start global partnerships across the world to broaden their company’s horizons (Goldsmith, 2014). An example of this can be seen when the United Nations published the Sustainable Development Goals to guide the agenda for the needs of the future. In particular goal #17, which looks at partnership for the SDGs, is relevant as the UN is looking for global partners to help achieve the goals. Global leaders would look at this opportunity and take advantage of it, networking with other organizations and individuals with similar interests to improve their own company’s operations while working towards a more sustainable future.
In order to meet the challenges of globalization, global leaders are expected to lead and adapt their companies to the various customs and cultures of the organizations and countries they conduct business in. This makes sense as although companies can start partnerships at the click of a button, being aware of the cultural differences is a major key in keeping the relationships alive.
I feel that going on cross-cultural exchanges and exploring opportunities abroad can create these global leaders and world citizens. We need to teach the leaders of tomorrow the ability to be open to new cultures, new ideas and how to embrace the world we live in today while taking what we’ve learned to shape a better tomorrow that we can all benefit from. The skills you gain while on exchange broaden your future perspectives as companies are now looking for those globally minded individuals who know how to approach and deal with the challenges they face now and in the future. In the end it all comes down to the leaders who can adapt and react to the globalized world most effectively that will be highly desired by organizations looking to succeed.
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