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3 Essential Qualities of a Strong Global Leader

· Personal Development,Leadership

Some leadership qualities are universal. Such attributes like ambition, effective communication, and inclusion apply in any leadership role but a global leader requires more than standard qualities.

A global leader has to harness the whole of the human element, not just the practical parts. An effective global leader must have a high awareness of three vital things: strengths, emotional intelligence, and cross-culture.


Strengths awareness is an unparalleled way of capitalizing on the knowledge you have of your strengths and weaknesses so you can conquer risk areas. Experts suggest often leaders will fail not because of their weaknesses but because they use their strengths to overcompensate and, thus, sabotage themselves and their organizations. To avoid this common mistake, utilizing a StrengthscopeLeader report to determine where your risk areas are, gives you the crucial strengths-awareness a global leader needs.

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence as a leader involves four key elements:

  • Self-awareness

Even the savviest leaders have emotions. We are, after all, only human. But being able to recognize and understand your emotions in the moment can help you prepare for times when - based on your historical tendencies - your emotions can get the best of you. It is important to be honest with yourself and look not with a critical eye, but through a lens of learning and personal growth so you can stay on top of your emotions.

  • Self-management

By being clear about your roles, goals, and needs, you are able to stay on-task and get things done more effectively, while also remaining emotionally aware of the people and situations around you. Keeping yourself organized, prioritizing tasks, and managing your time are also essential parts of effective self-management.

  • Social awareness

If you are a self-aware global leader, you already know how to manage your emotional responses which is vital for understanding the perspectives of other peoples' situations, motivations, perspectives, emotions, and what they are really trying to say or accomplish.

  • Relationship management

When you have a clear grasp on your own emotions, you are more readily available to utilize your emotional awareness to foster healthy working relationships in others. Your leadership can inspire, influence, and develop the skills of others while also managing conflict.

Cross-cultural awareness

Today's global market is vastly different than in previous generations and the workplace has been transformed into an authentic, inclusive experience. Where - previously - competition, experience, know-how, strength, and skills used to be the core of effective leadership, now executives are saying emotional intelligence, flexibility, and people skills are becoming more critical to leadership roles. 

Ultimately, a great global leader has to stay in touch with themselves and their teams in a more intimate way than ever before. By staying keen on the day-to-day challenges, strengths, struggles, and situations of themselves and the members of their teams, global leaders create a cohesive work environment that is essential for organizational success.

We support global organizations holistically who want to achieve their goals of working internationally by hiring and developing global talents, leaders and multicultural teams. We offer not only customized, top-quality international talent acquisition strategy, global leadership, teams, cross-cultural and diversity consulting and training programs, but we also provide in-depth coaching from ICF-certified coaches and trainers who speak French, English, Dutch, Spanish and German. Take action and schedule a free strategy session with us today.

About U Diverse’s founder:

Magali Toussaint is the founder of U Diverse. She is a certified talent acquisition strategist, an ICF-certified leadership and career coach, cross-cultural trainer and job search strategist with an extensive career in recruitment, HR, diversity, and education. She has lived and worked in over four countries and speaks French, English and Dutch.

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