10 capabilities needed for global leaders

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Last Updated on March 3, 2022 by Coach M

Many companies are expanding their business activities from domestic to overseas, and the opportunity to work with people across the country is increasing, and with rapid globalization, there is a growing need for leaders who can play an active role on the world stage.

1. What is a global leader?

A global leader is a leader who plays an active part on the world stage.

A person who works with people of different countries and cultures, who are diverse, lead teams, and work to achieve the goals of the organization.

2. What are the capabilities of being a global leader?

Variety of skills are required to be active globally not to mention leadership and management skills

When I left Japan 10 years ago and started working in Southeast Asia, the first challenge I encountered was that my work didn’t work well because of the miscommunication that came from differences in language, culture, thinking, and working.

When I was in Japan, I took it for granted that people understand what I said and ment, but that didn’t work here.

The boss, the subordinate, and the business partner did not work as I expected.

I don’t have anyone to talk to about my problem in business. However, the expectation from the top hangs heavily.

I was lucky enough to overcome my extreme stress and distrust of people by meeting my life mentor during this difficult time.

And I realize how spoiled I had been in the environment when I was in Japan, and at the same time I thought about what skills and abilities I needed to ssucceed in this enviroment.

So from my experience, I would like to list the capabilities necessary for global leaders.

2-1. Leadership Skills


2-2. Self-leadership skills



2-3. English proficiency


2-4. Communication skills




such as


I can’t do my job the way I want between the head office and the local board.

There is no one to discuss the problem of work.

I don’t know what to do because the ways I’ve been doing don’t work here.

Because the language is not able to be transmitted, the instruction is not transmitted well.

you can see that most of them are from communication problems.

Japan has a culture of “read the air” or “sence it without I saying”, but this is impossible unless you are a mind-reading person.


2-5. Be able to talk about the history and culture of your country


2-6. Flexibility


It is natural that successful experiences in your home country do not work in different cultures. You need the flexibility to change the way you do things and learn new ways of doing things and not to be caught up in the past.

2-7. Ability to continue learning


2-8. A sense of adventure


2-9. Ability to control emotions (EQ)


2-10. Presence



Every time I go back to Japan, I am impressed by the beauty, the politeness of the people, and the perfect work.

Japan is a beautiful country that respects ”Harmony’.

But at the same time, people seem to be suffering without individuality.

It is important to respect harmony in being part of an organization, but in working with diverse people, it is also important to express your opinion steadfastly at the same time.

“Japanese people are hard to understand and don’t know how to deal with their work.”

I often hear this opinions from my friends and business acquaintances.

I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of world-class global leaders from Japan who are well balanced by developing the wonderful parts of Japan and incorporating the good parts of Japan.

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