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How to Lead in International Environments

November 29, 2019

It could be said that a vital component of good leadership is adaptability.

When we consider that the CIPD definition of leadership is "the capacity to influence people to achieve a common goal" the need to be adaptable is clear. Leaders should be able to flex their approach, so that they can communicate effectively with different people, and adjust quickly to a variety of environments and cultures.

In short, when it comes to leadership, there is no such thing as 'one size fits all'.

It is partly for this reason that identifying and developing leaders is such a complex issue: how will anybody know how effective they are as a leader, until they have been properly tested in a range of environments? Since every country has its own unique culture and characteristics, working internationally only adds to the challenge.

The general lack of effective leaders remains an ongoing concern for many organisations, despite a significant level of investment in highlighting and developing leadership and management capabilities.

If effective international leadership is a concern that impacts your organisation, the CIPD has identified three steps to help you start tackling the issue.

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