TMA World Viewpoint: New Thinking on Developing Global Leaders


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TMA World's Terence Brake explains new demands placed on global leaders in today's international business environment.

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TMA World Viewpoint: New Thinking on Developing Global Leaders

  1. 1. New thinking on developing global leaders TMA World Viewpoint
  2. 2. The context of global leadership “Back in 1997, I published a book called The Global Leader (McGraw-Hill). That was 12 years ago; times have changed!” Terence Brake, President, TMA World-Americas While globalization and technologies have changed the game, some things haven‟t changed so much as they have intensified. The VUCA framework - developed in the military - helps highlight the „stable‟ factors in the environment: • Volatility • Uncertainty • Complexity • Ambiguity As the context changes, so must our leadership capability models.
  3. 3. Capabilities for today's global leader Examining global leadership through three powerful lenses highlights the following: 1 2 3 The The The Environmental Interpersonal Personal Lens Lens Lens
  4. 4. Capabilities for today's global leader The Environmental Lens • Ambassadorial Talent: Models a global corporate culture that acts as an integrative force • Digital Smarts: Takes full advantage of the push and pull capabilities of new media to engage others • Organizational Know-How: Capitalizes on capabilities and resources from across the enterprise • Strategic Learning: Engages in ongoing strategy making through continuous environmental analysis • Universal Perspective: Incorporates global and local needs to generate optimal results
  5. 5. Capabilities for today's global leader The Interpersonal Lens • Collaboration: Partners across distances to create new value for the business • Conflict Management & Negotiation: Builds bridges across distances • Emotional & Cultural Intelligence: Develops and maintains relationships across borders • Dialogue: Engages in learning conversations to increase the depth and scope of shared understanding • Networking: Reaches out globally to develop personal capacity and learning
  6. 6. Capabilities for today's global leader The Personal Lens • Confidence: Has the self assurance that difficulties can be worked through • Creativity: Applies imagination in solving the „wicked‟ problems arising in a global business context • Curiosity: Enjoys opportunities to learn about self and others through new experiences • Integrative Thinking: Sees problems in their totality and „connects the dots‟ • Endurance: Has the toughness to work through setbacks
  7. 7. Developing global leaders for a complex and connected world Holistic View of Global Leader Development EXPERIENTIAL Concrete experience real-life problem solving • On-the-job training • Global forums • Project-based assignments • Communities of practice / interest • Global team assignments • Targeted online networking • Coaching CLOSED OPEN Global Leadership: Relatively „bound‟ Three Lenses Relatively „unbound‟ initiatives initiatives • F2F & Virtual training programs, • Online networking e.g., TMA World The Global • Mobile informational resources, e.g., TMA World Leader, The Global Team Leader Country Navigator • E-learning • Mobile learning resources • Action learning • Blogging, podcasting INSTRUCTIONAL Conceptual & informational understanding, skills building
  8. 8. Paying attention to potential barriers In implementing global leadership initiatives there are many barriers to overcome. A number of them are listed below. Look for warning signs, and step in quickly and decisively. • Initiatives not closely linked to global business strategy • Senior leaders not having accountability or commitment • Unfamiliarity with Enterprise 2.0 opportunities • Large gaps between L&D and line management perspectives • Conflicting cultural messages • Lack of internal marketing investment • Inconsistent, un-sustained deployment • Lack of measurement/monitoring to support the business case • Fragmented rather than holistic approach
  9. 9. To learn more about how TMA World can help your organization unlock the secrets of global leadership, please contact us at or visit