There are some results in the DDI/IED study that seem to line up with the conclusion I’m drawing from my interviews. The study authors surveyed a wide range of global executives and development professionals who support them. One of the questions in the survey was, “What unique skills make for an exceptional global executive?” Here are the five skills that the global executives themselves think are most important:
- Ability to influence or motivate people from different cultures
- Resourcefulness to get things done in an unfamiliar situation
- Cultural sensitivity
- Openness to feedback and change
Speaking of asking questions, what do you think? When you scan this list of the top five global executive skills, what other core behaviors do you think underlie them?
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