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A consulting firm in the US has identified six competencies required for a corporate global leader. He should have connectivity, collaborative leadership, cross-cultural competency, global mindset, partnering skills and be tech-savvy. Any leadership strategy should address these competencies for development.
A winning business owner once told me that he grows organically because he believes in partnering. He goes beyond borders and selects the best joint ventures. He always looks for exciting opportunities using his global skills and local knowledge. When colleagues asked me about the business owner's secret to successful leadership, I told them to work with him to learn his connectivity and partnership skills.
Leaders of global corporations should possess the know-how of when and whom to partner with, and the rules of engagement to mutually thrive in the partnership.
We are living in a knowledge economy where there are competitions and complex situations. Many employers believe that partnership, an essential competency of a leader, enables an organisation to retain focus on its core competence. This helps increase customer base, sales volume and profitability.
Private companies partnering with the government to establish training schools and other initiatives are examples of collaboration, which is beneficial to the company and the community.
A significant factor in partnership is communication. The leadership strategy team must learn how to communicate with the internal leadership team, enabling process understanding and decision making.
Partnership is a form of creating networks: those that provide information and those that provide influence. In the context of leadership development, both forms are critical for effective job performance and development.
• A global leader creates effective partnerships and networks
• He blends local knowledge and global skills for better results
• He comes up with creative ideas by learning from many sources
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Source: Dr. Pon Mohaideen Pitchai, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is a Dubai-based HR and Management Consultant