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lessons in leadership: dynamic leadership in a global economy

Jun 27, 2018

Being a dynamic leader in a global economy is a key skill for those who want to enlarge their impact, influence positive results in a diverse world and inspire others to work efficiently, positively and productively — together — across borders. In my years of working internationally, living abroad and training global leaders to be their best, I’ve developed The Dynamic Leadership in a Global Economy skill sets for those doing work around the world.

To have success as a global leader, there are three leadership types and their core traits.

1. An Active Leader

Seeks to be culturally aware — Study where you are going. In our changing world, almost every country has pockets of people from around the globe. Go to their neighborhoods while you are in their country; eat, drink and learn with them.

Seeks to build connections — Use your CMP designation to identify CMPs in the country you are going to work in. If you belong to the rotary or any other international organisations, build your connections before you go. Ask questions and be open.

Seeks adaptation and acceptance of cultural business norms — Being a tourist and conducting business are two different animals. It is critical that you adapt your style to their cultural norms. Two useful books are “Kiss, Bow or Shake Hands” and “United States Protocol: the Guide to Official Diplomatic Etiquette.” It is important that you accept their norms and work with clients to understand their policies and how both of you can adapt. 

2. A Responsive Leader

Centered, calm and magnetic Things move at a different pace in many countries. Go early, stay calm and build in additional time to your schedule. Do what you need to do to be in a calm place. Smiles are magnetic; focus on emanating an open, inclusive and confident character.

Informed globally and locally Be relevant and knowledgeable. You don’t have to be an expert, but you need to be aware. Learn about local news; if there is an election coming up, be aware of it. Know what food or drink the country is known for. Understand how the country fits in with the global economy. You can get almost all of this information online. Taking the time to be aware is priceless.

Confident communicator Learn a few statements in their language, such as “Hello,” “thank you,” “It is a pleasure,” and “Where is the restroom?” If you are going to speak in front of the group and are using PowerPoint, make sure it is translated and that you know how to say one or two of the sentences in their language. You do not need to be perfect, it is your effort that is deeply appreciated.

3. An Eclectic Leader

Travels around the world Traveling to other countries is key to understanding people and the global economy. Your way is not the only way. When you travel, you expose yourself to new ideas and concepts. You learn from history and become creative for future events.

Is curious and adventurous Try the new foods, dance the dances, ride on the elephant. This is part of a global economy and your expansion as a global leader. Siting on the sidelines does not give you the same experience as participating. Push yourself to be curious.

Strategically embrace the strengths of others — Hire locals and employ local CMPs to support your meetings and events. This will greatly reduce your stress. Locals know who to hire and who not to hire. They know where to find what you need quickly. They are a gift and resource to doing business in their country. Embrace their knowledge, expertise and understanding of how to work in their country. Bring token gifts to honor all you meet and those who help you. It matters.

Pegine HeadshotPegine Echevarria, MSW, CSP lived in Europe for 3 years, running two companies there. She has sold products and services to countries worldwide. Her company trained more than 20,000 officers from all branches of the military and US allies from 21 countries on cultural negotiations. Her “Global Women’s Leadership Experience” attracts women from around the world for executive presence and leadership practice. She presents to groups on Dynamic Leadership in a Global Economy as well. Named one of the Society of Human Resource Management’s 100 Global Thought Leaders on Diversity and Inclusion, Pegine was inducted into the Motivational Speakers Hall of Fame and was the CMP Conclave Opening Keynote in 2017.