Global Leadership

Though it is acknowledged that global corporations and their leaders operate in an increasingly cross-cultural management environment, global-leadership development is surfacing more and more often as a binding constraint. According to one survey of senior executives, 76 percent believe their organizations need leadership development and require leadership training, but only 7 percent think they are currently doing so very effectively without organizational leadership. Some 30 percent of US companies admit that they have failed to exploit fully their international business opportunities because of insufficient internationally competent personnel.

(Developing the Global Leader of Tomorrow, a joint project of Ashridge Business School as part of the European Academy of Business in Society (EABIS) and the United Nations Global Compact Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME), based on a survey conducted in 2008)

The target of this leadership training is to distinguish between leadership competence in a mono-cultural environment and leadership in a transnational environment and identify the core competencies particular to global leadership.

The workshop-Leadership training will provide insights and guidelines from most recent empirical and business studies into the phenomenon of global leadership and global leadership competencies. We will be looking at the universality versus particularity of leadership, and assessing leadership competencies across cultures. The workshop provides insights on best practice in global leadership and global leadership competency frameworks.


The Challenges of Global Leadership:

  • A heightened need for cultural understanding within a setting characterized by wider-ranging diversity
  • Greater need for broad knowledge that spans functions and nations
  • Wider and more frequent boundary spanning both within and across organizational and national boundaries
  • More stakeholders to understand and consider when making decisions
  • A more challenging and expanded list of competing tensions both on and off the job
  • Heightened ambiguity surrounding decisions and related outcomes and effects
  • More challenging ethical dilemmas relating to globalization



  • Impact of national culture on leadership profiles
  • Impact of corporate culture on leadership profile
  • Universal and culturally contingent leadership competencies
  • Situational leadership
  • Relational and task oriented leadership
  • Reconciling diverse leadership expectations
  • Core competencies for leading in a multinational environment
  • Effective leadership of virtual multicultural teams
  • International team-building
  • Motivational leadership in a multinational environment
  • Balancing local and HQ leadership challenges and requirements
  • Towards a global leadership model

Focus topics listed describe suggested course material, as with all training, consultation, and coaching the actual course material will be tailored to achieve targets set by our clients.


Dr. Christine McCarthy, Our Expert on Global Leadership
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