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What Is Global Leadership

10 Key Behaviors of Great Global Leaders

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What is global leadership? It turns out that many companies around the world are missing a key point: that global leadership is distinctly different from the leadership skills needed in a domestic operation. The global economy requires a new set of leadership skills—imbued with a global mindset, cross-functional and effective across cultures and nationalities—that were not as critical even a decade ago. In What Is Global Leadership?, the authors draw on cutting-edge research conducted by Aperian Global, including first-hand interviews with successful global leaders, which highlights 10 key behaviors critical to international settings.

Publication Date: Jun 16, 2011


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What is global leadership? It turns out that many companies around the world are missing a key point: that global leadership is distinctly different from the leadership skills needed in a domestic operation. The global economy requires a new set of leadership skills—imbued with a global mindset, cross-functional and effective across cultures and nationalities—that were not as critical even a decade ago. In What Is Global Leadership?, the authors draw on cutting-edge research conducted by Aperian Global, including first-hand interviews with successful global leaders, which highlights 10 key behaviors critical to international settings. In addition to providing a detailed description of each behavior, the authors demonstrate how these can be applied in the context of leadership development programs, executive coaching, global teams, and leader-led action learning. Whether one is leading an entire organization, a business unit, or a geographically dispersed team, this essential guide provides an important resource for developing global leadership talent.

CONTENTS

Chapter One: Why Global Leadership?

Chapter Two: What’s Different About Global Leadership?

Chapter Three: Seeing Differences

Chapter Four: Closing the Gap

Chapter Five: Opening the System

Chapter Six: Preserving Balance

Chapter Seven: Establishing Solutions

Chapter Eight: Training the Ten Behaviors

Chapter Nine: Coaching the Ten Behaviors

Chapter Ten: Teaming the Ten Behaviors

Chapter Eleven: The Future of Global Leadership

Bibliography

Endnotes

About the Authors

Index

Ernest Gundling is co-founder and co-President of Aperian Global and author of Working GlobeSmart and co-author of Global Diversity. Terry Hogan was a global General Manager and consultant for 20 years before joining Citi where she now works in Executive Development. Karen Cvitkovich is Managing Director, Global Solutions at Aperian Global where she helps clients develop their global workforce.

”Well done! What I like about this book is the emphasis on the importance of the soft side of global leadership.”—Fons Trompenaars, co-author of Riding the Waves of Culture and world authority on cross-cultural management

”Understanding what a global leader is, and what they do, is becoming increasingly urgent. This book does a great job of answering these questions, combining hard science with organizational research and case studies. An excellent resource for anyone trying to select, develop, or work with global leaders in any way.”—David Rock, CEO, NeuroLeadership Group

”Recent financial, economic, and political turbulence has reconfirmed the importance of leadership in distinguishing global winners from global loser. Extreme diversity of outcomes among otherwise powerful players—banks, companies, investors, and even countries—is hard to explain any other way. This volume provides an authoritative, engaging and readable primer on global leadership to help explain the past and gain a sharper perspective on the future.”—Ingo Walter, Vice Dean of Faculty, Seymour Milstein Professor of Finance, Corporate Governance and Ethics Stern School of Business, New York University

”This wonderful book addresses the hottest talent issue facing global organizations…a serious shortage of leaders who can work across the world. You’ll have a deep grasp of the capabilities required to lead globally. Filled with concrete and insightful guidance, this is an invaluable resource.”—Jay A. Conger, author of Growing Your Company’s Leaders and The Practice of Leadership

”Engaging stories, interesting research findings, and worthwhile practical recommendations make this a valuable contribution for both scholars and practitioners. This book provides a comprehensive, insightful look at global leadership.”—Joyce Osland, Executive Director, Global Leadership Advancement Center and Lucas Endowed Professor of Global Leadership, College of Business, San Jose State University