Several studies show that employees with a Global Mindset are in rare supply. It is not surprizing, as the ability to adjust to international working is challenging. Any change in mindset takes time and requests several different techniques to be able to unfold.




Stephen Covey 

What a Global Mindset is…

A global mindset is what candidates need to be successful in a global role in which they will need to be capable of adjusting to different environments and have the ability to work effectively with international colleagues.

Harvard Business Review

A Global Mindset is one that combines an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures and markets with a propensity and ability to synthesize across this diversity.

V. Govindarajan & A.K. Gupta

A global Mindset means that we scan the world from a broad perspective, always looking for unexpected trends and opportunities.

Stephen Rhinesmith

the ability to step outside one’s base culture and to understand there is no universally correct way to do things. 

Gary Ranker 

A set of individual qualities and attributes that help a manager influence individuals, groups, and organizations from other parts of the world.

Mansour Javidan

Cultural Skills


– knowledge of one’s own and other’s culture

– ability to integrate, synthesize and leverage diversity

– knowledge of International socio-political and economic issues

– Understanding of how culture impacts management’s decisions

– Knowledge of different value systems, institutional environments, historical influences…

Cognitive Skills


– ability to explain complex points simply and clearly

– analytical and critical thinking

– ability to adopt a different perspective

– creativity and imagination

– ability to “think globally” and “act locally”

– understanding biases

– ability to seek relevant information

– learning Agility

Emotional Skills


Self- Awareness:

– understanding own emotions and triggers;

– understanding own strengths

Self- Mastery:

– self control and regulation;

– resilience

– Self-confidence

– optimism 

Social Skills


Cross-Cultural Interpersonal Skills:

– communicating

– building relationships

– teamwork: empowering, motivating, coaching…

Global & Cross-Cultural Leadership Skills:

– boundary spanning

– inclusive

–  authentic and situational

…And How You Can Develop it