Many of the greatest challenges facing organizations today are the result of globalization. Organizations cannot escape the impact of globalization and must proactively meet the associated challenges along a number of fronts, the most important of which is leadership. Globalization is placing increasingly complex demands on organizations for recruiting, developing and retaining effective leaders. They are constantly scouting for leaders — especially those who can integrate effectively across countries, cultures and geographies — and there is fierce competition for this global leader talent pool. However, organizations need to know more about the characteristics of effective global leaders to put together meaningful initiatives to find and develop them. Given that previous attempts to define these characteristics have been ad hoc or based on local models, Linda Sharkey and her co-authors set out to systematically discover the key factors that make leaders successful in global roles. Sharkey and her colleagues, Robert Cooke, Nazneen Razi and Peter Barge, dedicated themselves to years of international research, gathering hundreds of insights and anecdotes to identify the factors that set strong global leaders apart from more local leaders. At a recent World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, numerous CEOs in attendance cited a growing need for talent that could function successfully in new and emerging global markets. Clearly, transglobal leadership is vital to an organization’s sustainability and growth. Is your organization ready?
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