New leaders have expanded from “country-centric” to global in outlook. They have to be smart, says former Medtronic CEO William George, but now they have to be culturally and emotionally intelligent, too.
Global leaders overcome the dominant thinking at headquarters, pull off partnerships across boundaries and develop wide networks. Living abroad is a great learning experience, George says.
“The first weekend after I had moved to Belgium, I asked someone how I should get to know the place. I was told to go get lost, which is great advice. It’s about really engaging in the culture and learning to be vulnerable.”
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