Global Skills: Building the Leadership Competency

Building standard global leadership competencies have become essential in today’s business world. Such development programs give an insight into the skills required for future-focused key markets and makes you future ready for such critical roles. This lets you see the business problem from a different perspective, as a Leader and helps you to run the business successfully.

In the article by People Matters, they mention some useful insights. “With only 32% of organizations believing that they are effective in building global capabilities in their leaders, there is a crunch in the capabilities of the leadership talent pool. Time unavailability, inadequate follow-up, and lack of re-enforcement are few of the factors that register as key obstacles for global leadership development programs. Where, 59% feel that self-development is critical for global leaders in an organization, 43% feel that formal mentoring and coaching is very effective for leadership development and it has become imperative for organizations to train their leaders on to develop global skills”.

The 5 Clusters of Global Skills

#1: Communication and Collaboration

Communication refers to the ability to use language and non-verbal forms of communication in ways appropriate to the context, the communicative aims, and the medium of communication – face-to-face or digital. It involves successfully managing social interactions by the use of linguistic strategies, such as paraphrasing or use if the intonation, and non-linguistic strategies, such as gesture or eye-contact. Communication is closely connected to collaboration in the way it draws on social skills such as perspective-switching and empathy.

Collaboration refers to the ability to work effectively with others towards shared goals. It requires individuals to demonstrate openness to learning from others as well as to sharing their own resources with others.

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#2: Creativity and Critical Thinking

Creativity involves thinking flexibly to generate new ideas and solutions to problems. With creativity, a person can produce various interpretations of and response to issues, topics, and challenges.

Critical thinking is a natural partner to creativity, as it requires a creative mind-set to “think-outside-the-box” or looks at things differently. Critical thinking refers to the ability to analyze information and draw on problem-solving skills to form a balanced judgment. It includes the ability to evaluate the source and accuracy of information found online or offline, which is vital in any learning solution.  

#3: Intercultural competence and citizenship

Intercultural competence covers the social and interpersonal skills needed to manage cross-cultural encounters in respectful, appropriate, and sensitive ways.

Both intercultural competence and citizenship have respect and openness to others at their core. Citizenship involves social responsibility – individuals’ understanding of their responsibility as members of society with respect to local and global issues, such as sustainability and inclusivity.

#4: Emotional self-regulation and well-being

Emotional self-regulation is the ability to recognize, identify, and understand one’s emotions and their functions. It includes an awareness of regulation strategies for managing emotions appropriately and it is the basis for well-being.

Well-being involves being able to find supportive social connections and a sense of purpose. It also entails awareness of and engagement in positive physical and mental health practices

#5: Digital Literacy

Digital literacies encompass the individual, technological, and social skills needed to effectively navigate one’s way through a growing and ever-changing range of digital communication channels. These skills include the ability to effectively interpret, manage, share, and create meaning through these channels.

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Can any of the above mentioned competencies be taught and learned?

The resounding answer is “Yes”!! Learning and Practicing global skills is a realistic proposition for all learners and industry specialists. In fact, these skills are transferable across and beyond the curriculum. It induces a positive attitude inside you towards lifelong learning.  

The implementation of such a program in schools and education should be promoted by the Government. They can pro-actively mobilize global skills in educational policies by Curriculum Development, Teacher and institutional buy-in, and a sustainable implementation model that can sustain through orthodox mentality. After all, wouldn’t the government like to see engaged thinkers, confident and resourceful individuals who embrace an ethos of lifelong learning? The next generation will grow into competent, fulfilled, healthy, empathetic, and active participants in their communities. This is what the teaching of global skills can offer the learners – “not tomorrow, but today”.

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