It Takes a Global Village

For a long time, there has been a discussion of the global village. When I first heard this term, I didn’t understand what that exactly meant, but I felt it was explaining that the world was getting much smaller. Now, we’re so linked by communications tools and social media that it is easy to see how this is true. 

Since we’ve grown our networks, it only stands to reason that we need to keep pace in this global society. That’s why 2B Inclusive and M3 Group are working on a global leadership conference. We need to educate our burgeoning leaders by giving them a global perspective. Therefore, the first annual Global Leadership Summit: Success 2025 will launch in Lansing on Nov. 21. 

Global leadership is defined in many ways. Sources say that global leaders have to engage very diverse groups of stakeholders and colleagues to get things done. Global leaders need to create a good understanding of where it adds value to be global and where it is better to be local. This can be a challenge and difficult to ascertain, but working to understand the difference is where an educational regimen should begin.

The following is a comprehensive list of global leadership attributes:

• Experience working on projects overseas

• Self-awareness

• Belief in cultural diversity

• Humility and understanding

• Curiosity

• Honest feedback

• Global strategic thinking

• Patience

• Understanding legacies

• Being well-spoken

• Negotiation skills

• Being present

Any employee at any company may be called upon to act as a global leader at some point in his or her career. This is already the reality for some organizations where employees are expected to interact with clients or co-workers in other countries. These individuals may not have the skills necessary to meet the needs of the company. As our managers strive to represent the company well, they may seek information, and we need to make sure there are educational opportunities available. 

It’s easy to see how this is an issue for larger companies, but even small companies like mine can have work emerge with international businesses. There are stories of how time zones, cultural and verbiage differences, and awkward interactions have unnecessarily created business debacles. It’s our responsibility to make sure we are giving our team members the tools necessary to think big and keep a global perspective that brings success to all involved.  

Let’s educate our global leaders so they can be good stewards in our global village. 

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