Wednesday, June 9, 2021


Global leadership competencies are interrelated with mindsets, traits, expertise, knowledge and skills. Neither one overshadows the other, they complement each other to drive progressive changes.

Digital is the age with increasingly more complex and pressing problem-situations, embedded in interconnected ecosystems operating in dynamically changing environments. Thus, leadership should be rejuvenated to steer organizations and our society at the right decisions continually. 

In order to develop leaders who can effectively lead global dynamics, it is important to understand what makes leaders effective with a global context, with a vision to bridge today and tomorrow, and with an ability to walk the talk to set principles and examples all the time.

Identify necessary traits, expertise and skills of global leaders or personnel:
We live in such a diverse world with unpredictability, uncertainty, exponential growth, and fierce competitions, not to mention people with the diversity of thoughts, character, cognitive difference, skills, styles, and generation account for the majority of our differences. Great leaders need to be able to facilitate and orchestrate these differences,values, and cultures. They are the ones who are capable of predicting future trends, managing the presence and delegating the past; prospecting and communicating tangible things such as talent or resources and intangible things such as cultural changes needs and identifying the proper vision for each cycle in the life of a corporation. In each context, they are always conscious of the changes needed to connect the past with the future, the ability to create more leaders, to spread leadership, to bridge global leadership gaps, and inspire creativity cohesively.

Generally speaking, regardless of differences, all human beings are more similar than different, it is possible to set the common principles to mind the difference and lead more effectively. Highly effective leaders are “round global ambassadors,” deep influencers, influential policy makers, and passionate coaches. They are in strong demand to combine with renewed attitudes mixed with cross-cultural cognizance. Fashion perhaps fades away, but trends keep emerging. Global leadership is shifting toward grooming historic digital leadership skills embodying effective communication in networks of global conversations that inspire creativity in diverse domains of expertise, great leaders are life learners and relentless change agents .

Keep focus and build processes on developing global leaders and managing talent: Leadership landscape is littered with ineffective training programs, this is particularly true for developing high quality global leaders. For cultivating digital leadership with the global mind, look around to find out how to bring talented leaders with the right leadership traits closer to integrity and authenticity, and train them with proper skills and unique competency effectively. Skills themselves are going to be highly personal depending on the leader and are best learned through continual practice. The key elements that future leaders in all realms of the human experience should acquire to effectively familiarize themselves with the psychological, geopolitical, anthropological, philosophical and sociological effects of globalization; they are crucial for global leadership practices.

In reality today, most Leadership initiatives are a waste because they are not well-developed and highly effective. To develop sophisticated leaders with business acumen and global perspective, leadership training approaches need to be vertical - from mindset, attitude to problem-solving, and developmental moving forward, not horizontal and behavioral like the old days. This also comes out of ensuring that any type of leadership program is based on sound vision and values which ultimately lead into the business overall vision, mission, integrated into talent management practices and development scheme that is on-going and deep for improving its effectiveness.

Put the right leaders in the right position to solve complex problems with a global perspective:
We all develop reputations for being problem creators, problem definers, or problem solvers. We need to train the leaders as great problem solvers and inspirational culture shapers. We need the culture we want to cultivate and we need to train nonlinear management skills to deal with today’s complex world. Behind every complex problem is a relationship dynamic out of alignment, thus, understanding human dynamics, belief systems, relationship intricacy, culture difference, do help to assess the problem systematically. Good leaders are good problem solvers, great leaders are both insightful problem framers and skillful problem solvers without causing too many other issues.

Every serious problem we face today as a species has been caused by human dysfunction and human dysfunction is caused by the interaction of hidden human affective, cognitive, imaginative and connotative functions and content. In other words, often the wrong focus, the wrong assumptions, the wrong means or the wrong ends. Problem-solving at the global scope is a mindset with curiosity, inclusiveness, creativity, intellectual sophistication and cultural empathy, which directly impacts the effectiveness of large scale problem-solving. Innovative problem-solving requires looking at the problem from a different angle or understanding the issues holistically via multi-disciplinary lenses, taking a consideration of the range of options, rather than the traditional "jump to solution" problem-solving method.

Digital leadership is complex because there are many variables in it, and there is a delicate mix of thinking, expertises, interpersonal skills, along with a lot of different attributes. Global leadership competencies are interrelated with mindsets, traits, expertise, knowledge and skills. Neither one overshadows the other, they complement each other to drive progressive changes.


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