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Developing Global-Minded Leaders to Drive High Performance

Executive Summary

“There’s a lot involved in developing a global mindset, and not all of it is even quantifiable,” observes Janice Hyslip, career planning and leadership development manager for global oilfield services firm Schlumberger. Even in a company renowned for opening global mobility and exposure to diversity to all employees, an absolute definition of global mindset and the experiences required to create it can be elusive. This is a testament to the challenges organizations face in global leadership development.

This collaborative examination of effective Global Leadership Development (GLD) by the Institute for Corporate Productivity (i4cp) and the American Management Association (AMA) found many companies’ global performance at risk: Only half of organizations make it a priority to develop leaders’ global skills and competencies, and only a third describe their development efforts as effective.

Exploring the ways in which high-performance organizations help leaders build the skills and sophisticated perspective needed to achieve and sustain business results in the global marketplace is the core focus of Developing Global-Minded Leaders to Drive High Performance.

Key findings

  • Global development that begins with first-level leaders or individual contributors fuels success. Delaying such efforts until candidates reach higher leadership levels has a negative effect on development effectiveness.
  • Business and financial acumen are fundamental capabilities for leaders; social skills are the real differentiators in the global environment.
  • Experience is a powerful teacher. Active, experiential learning transcends on-the-job training and builds global leaders.
  • Global mindset is a distinctive characteristic of effective global leaders. Embracing cross-cultural diversity and driving collaborative relationships within and beyond organizations are hallmarks of this evolved perspective.

Developing Global-Minded Leaders to Drive High Performance explores those findings and the development approaches that distinguish top competitors in global business—the next practices that drive both organizational performance and effective global leadership development.