“Today is the right day to become the leader of tomorrow.”
This should be the mantra of the most ambitious professionals who aspire to a global leader seat.
Aiming for a leading position in a multinational company to exercise control beyond borders means aiming for incredible growth based on solid and competitive skills.
For this reason, the most enlightened managers study, become interested in contemporary markets, specialize, follow current events, learn languages … but will that be enough?
Ok to continuous training and the search for completeness, but “floundering” in the sea of perfectionism can be little more than a waste of energy.
Better channel your efforts and resources to hone the skills you really need to become a global leader. Which ones?
Andrew Likierman, current dean of London Business School, teaches us, with a brilliant academic career behind him and who in the past has held leading roles such as Non-Executive Director at Bank of England and Barclays, Managing Director of UK Treasury and Chairman of the National Audit Office.
Can we trust you? We can trust you.
The 4 rules for becoming a global leader: Likierman’s words
Keep it simple, businessman Andrew Likierman seems to be telling us, summing up the road to a successful career in a few, simple, key attitudes. For Likierman the 4 killer skills to become a true leader are:
1. Learning to fall
The Millennials know this: l ’economy is a roller coaster, which goes up, down, up and then down. A cyclic sinusoid that is found, for example, in the confines of an economic crisis, in the flow of company up and down, in the fluctuation of hot periods and moments of tiredness. In business, as in life, l ’trend is cyclical and what goes up is destined to go down, and vice versa. It may seem trivial, but being aware of this law means not being caught unprepared during the inevitable crash.
2. Let yourself be contaminated by other cultures
Learning a language isn’t enough to be ready to become a global leader. To do this, however, you need concrete exposure to foreign cultures and relevant experiences across borders. Only by being in contact with international habits is it possible to open your mind and become malleable, questioning preconceptions and modus operandi the result of habit.
3. Diversifying training
Yesterday as today Andrew Likierman advises to remain flexible and not to specialize too much in a single sector, in order not to risk closing the horizons. In the 1970s, when the manager originally from Lancashire was trained, his choice fell on a mosaic of extremely versatile studies, such as philosophy, economics, politics and accounting. Today, according to Likierman, the smart choice could be attending an MBA to draw, in a single solution, from a diversified and flexible training pool.
4. Knowing how to communicate
It is useless to have great talent and obtain important results if the successes remain in the drawer and are not conveyed to the outside world.
Knowing how to communicate convincingly, direct and effective is the key to getting noticed and emphasizing one’s qualities.
On the other hand, feeling clumsy in public speaking and not very confident in relations between peers or with clients and superiors, risks making you appear inexperienced, incomplete and … not suited to becoming a global leader.