Global Leadership Training

What does global Leadership training look like today, and are the requisite core skill sets so different from what was needed yesterday? Our shrinking world brings expanding connections. We are all wired and connected, and yet many people feel disconnected. Given these circumstances, I wonder how to maintain the most basic human need for interaction, communication, and connection.

Technology is so embedded in the workplace that we take its marvels for granted, yet the human capacity to adjust takes time. In light of voluminous data, rapid information flow, and intense collaboration, leading successfully requires a new set of skills in addition to the traditional requirements of yesteryear. Today, handling conflict within the team, getting deliverables out the door and managing workflow, among other managerial responsibilities, is not sufficient.

Keeping the human connection strong is a key task common to all virtual managers, and ensuring that colleagues work successfully across distance and cultures is their great challenge. To master the virtual equation that makes these elements work together, global leadership training is essential. In fact, a virtual manager's greatest role is to link the various parts of his or her team to accomplish the goals that led to its formation in the first place. You may need to shift gears, perform team tune-ups, realign and refuel your team’s energy along the way!

Leadership in the global workplace has reflected the paradigm shift that has brought a new order of business relationships and a new definition of the role of the global leader. The very nature of a dispersed team means that virtual leaders like you can no longer successfully manage through command and control techniques through MBWA (managing by walking around). Leadership takes confidence in your team and the tenacity to integrate people, despite time and space constraints. Your team members may be out of sight, but they can’t be out of mind.

And so a different kind of leadership is emerging, which focuses on connection and collaboration and encourages people to rise above their differences and connect at the human level. At its core, this leadership is rooted in the human element and reflects an increased level of trust and transparency. Think of this as an updated role as the Agent of Connection. Clearly, one of your most important roles as a global leader.

Working with clients in global leadership training engagements, I developed a set of leadership behaviors that I have shared in the blog that I call GlobaLeadership (GL). The letter L is shared by the words because leadership is both shared and global in a dispersed team environment. As one of my favorite clients, who managed a virtual team for a medical devices conglomerate, said: “It doesn’t matter whether or not you are a global manager, and it isn’t important if you don’t have a global assignment—you are global.”

Managing Global Teams Discussion At Organizational Development Network

Managing Global Teams Discussion At Organizational Development Network

Watch Yael Zofi Talk About Managing Global Teams How important is managing global teams becoming? These days you cannot toss a stone without hitting a company that has multiple offices, a remote staff and/or an offshore support team. We are

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Effectively Managing Global Teams —Question 3 of 4

After leading my webinar on managing global teams, How to Effectively Lead Virtual Team Meetings, I received many questions from my audience about effective virtual meeting practices. This blog post is the third (of four) that covers selected questions from participants

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What is Global Leadership?

Summer 2012 Newsletter: What is Global Leadership?

Volume 11 • Issue 3 WELCOME to our e-Newsletter that answers: What is global leadership?   In This Issue Yael Zofi – Up, Close & Personal Yael Zofi – Professional Experiences The Genesis of “Agent of Connection” What is Global

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Virtual Teams Cliff Note #9: What Is Global Leadership?

Virtual Teams Cliff Note #9: What Is Global Leadership?

Answering The Question, What is Global Leadership?  Discover the Seven Dimensions with Yael Zofi What is global leadership? This is the topic for our final cliff note from the WatchIT TV managing global teams recordings with project management global expert,

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Managing Global Teams: Notes From the SHRM Conference in Atlanta

Managing Global Teams Presentation at the SHRM Conference My five days in Atlanta, attending this year’s SHRM’s annual conference on managing global teams, was a true global experience. I am sure that the 15,000+ participants would agree. My sessions on Managing

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Global Operations Management: The Agent Of Connection

Global Operations Management: The Agent Of Connection

21st Century Global Operations Management In this fast-paced global economy, the quality of your global operations management and how adept you are at continually increasing your intellectual project management global bandwidth will keep your organization’s bottom line ahead of the

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Managing Global Teams: 5 Secrets to Engaging ‘Lost Riders’

Tips for Managing Global Teams in the Virtual World Join me this week for my second webcast with hr.com on managing global teams this Wednesday, January 11th at 11am EST. Last October I shared highlights from my recent book, “A

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