Abstract and Keywords
As organizations become increasingly globalized, leaders with responsibility for geographically distributed talent must not only possess the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for their industry and specific role, they must also possess a set of characteristics that are referred herein collectively as the global leadership essentials. The authors believe that from a practical standpoint, leaders with global responsibilities are going to be more effective when, (a) they are fully aware of the various layers of complexity, such as national culture and organizational culture, that are present in global organizations; (b) they possess a firm understanding of their employees’ preferences and what drives them to be engaged; and (c) they actively embrace and are energized by working globally. Organizations that make an effort to attract, select, and develop leaders who possess these global leadership essentials should be in a better position to compete on a global scale than those who do not.
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