I was recently approached by a friend doing an executive search for a Global Organization Development/Leadership Development role. He knows a lot about this field and has done a ton of recruiting, and he called to ask me what makes a candidate ‘global.’ What is the difference between a regular OD/LD person and a ‘global’ one and how do you recognize a ‘global’ one when you meet them? Besides the obvious, of course, what specifically would he be looking for? This was the second time this week the topic of global leadership vs. regular old leadership came up, so I wanted to share some thoughts.
There is no certification or set of qualifications that makes someone a ‘global’ leader. Presumably, having lead a global team or having lived in multiple countries would lead many to deem one person more global than another, but I think there are a few more things worth considering…and you don’t have to leave your country to get them. I would argue that you can be a great ‘global leader’ right where you are, wherever that is – even if a solid global role is a great indicator of success. [Read more...]