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Four Important Global Leadership Trends to Look Out for 2018

· Leadership,Strategy

With business and employment becoming increasingly global, it is incredibly important to look to the future to understand what sort of leadership trends are going to dominate the global market. 

Understanding how these trends relate to international business and how these trends could potentially match up with your organization are incredibly important to achieving your business goals for the year. Think about which of these trends resonate most with you and what the best ways would be to incorporate these skills into your international organization and improve your leadership skills.

1) Intercultural effectiveness

One of the biggest leadership trends for the year will definitely be developing and improving intercultural effectiveness. Employers and employees who can demonstrate that they have developed clear competencies that are focused on working with global staff is one method by which this trend will be established.

Organizations must focus on building new ways to improve intercultural effectiveness and focus on creating global workforces and a focus on finding and retaining employees that are capable of handling complex global environments.

2) Increased flexibility in employment

Employers are starting to understand that employees enjoy greater diversity in the workplace overall, but also enjoy the freedom to work the way they want to. In that respect, companies will likely be focusing on bringing in employees that are of different genders, ages, and cultures to diversify their workforce.

Furthermore, global organizations should reevaluate their current work structure and aim to reduce complexity while still retaining global talent in order to establish global leadership. This might mean introducing different types of employment such as freelance contracts, permanent as well as flexible hours, working from home and other ways to accommodate a growing and diverse workforce.

3) More innovation

Companies are now starting to realize that in order to lead, there must be a consistent level of innovation.

Successful global companies are going to work towards improving and innovating their organization on all levels - from systems to processes, to products.

There will be an increased on enhancing agility in terms of actions, as well as a greater focus on introducing collaborative measures across countries and different functions.

4) Greater focus on inclusion

The earlier points about diversity and intercultural effectiveness tie directly into this one, as companies will develop and implement policies and practices aimed at inclusiveness. In today's global context, however, diversity is no longer enough.

In order to establish global leadership, companies must be working towards building inclusive environments for their employees and building a work culture that is geared towards maximum inclusiveness.

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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