The Future of Global Leadership

My Global view for years was that The United States of America was the best! I am still a very very proud American! I have come to realize that America doesn’t have it all right! Growing up I did understand there was extreme poverty and starvation but only because my mom said “eat all of your food there are kids starving in………whatever country she thought they were starving in. For years I was upset to hear people in America doing anything for people in other countries because frankly i was uneducated and my world looked like this:

Now that I’m slightly wiser and much more educated (or just getting old) I realize that if I don’t understand the rest of the world I will be left behind. Naturally I have gained most of my knowledge through research on topics I am most passionate about and my world is looking much more like this:

It is much easier for me to understand the concept of Global Leadership through a social change lense. Much of the research regarding the future of Global Leadership seems to point to the need for “well rounded” individuals. Individuals that possess the ability to be empathetic and embrace diversity! That seems to be great traits for those that want to impact social change as well!

The German Marshall Fund

The German Marshall Fund comes up in the top 5 Google searches when you want to find out about “The Future of Global Leadership”! This site clearly embodies a focus on The Future of Global Leadership! The German Marshall Fund or GMF is a memorial or I think of it as a tribute to the “Marshall Plan”!

The Marshall Plan came about in the late 40’s. George Marshall was the Secretary of State at the time. In June of 1947 Secretary of State George Marshall gave a speech to the graduates of Harvard University. His speech surrounded around his belief that to have a greater sense of security for the United States we would need help being the “hero” to the world. Post WWII Europe would make the perfect ally if they were able to rebuild. Former Unites States Secretary of State George Marshall developed the “Marshall Plan” which would help Europe rebuild.

Years later during a similar speech it was announced that as a “Thank You” or a tribute/memorial to “The Marshall Plan” there would be the creation of the “German Marshall Fund” to be used as seen fit basically. Although the fund has served many purposes over the years it has always had in mind the future ability of countries to work together for common good.

This program and history is relevant because during it’s inception and even now it’s mission is to promote future global development. The Marshall Memorial Fellowship is awarded to 75 canidates each year! This programs entire focus is to prepare a group of diverse individuals to be leaders in the future!


February 8, 2019

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GLD & Solving World Peace

Whenever I’m asked “What do you want to do when you grow up” My response is almost always: Solve World Peace” ! I find it hard to believe that isn’t what everyone wants to do when they grow up. Ok, maybe not everyone. My husband has already explained to me”I will not be out running around with you saving the world but I will make sure you have clean clothes while your doing it”! I also often explain that I really mean that I’ll solve world peace in my tiny part of the world. As for the rest of the world it turns out there are many wonderful people working on many of the things that contribute to solving world peace.

In particular there are many formal and informal enterprises working first to gather data on the many social issues that we face globally. This in and of itself is an amazing feat! Additionally, this data is used by Global Non for Profits in an effort to minimize and/or erradicate: violence often based off of political and religous beliefs as well as race and gender, poverty, hunger & human trafficking.

Global Organizations that have had the most success have implemented core values that align with or helped to develop and or perfect the practices and processes that have proven necessary to lead their teams globally. For example: has the proof in their name. Orginally founded in the U.S. in 1945 the Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe sent food to Europe. As they expanded they cleverally switched to “Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere”. Their core values: Transformation, Integrity, Diversity, Excellence and Equality have led to a successfully expand from CARE to CARE International.   Integrity and excellence kept them transparent in day to day operations. Transformation as a core value that led them to realize they should adopt new business practices such as multi-year planning which led to their initial expansion. Following through with diversity and equality values of course led to their understanding the needs of the various cultures they help.

Global what?!?!

I did not realize that Global Leadership would be of such great interest! Having an instructor that is passionate about the course they are teaching certainly leads to an increased interest. Having said that, until happening upon the following article in Forbes Magazine, I did not realize that I could have a personal stake or enthusiasm of any kind when it came to Global Leadership!

The article: The changing face of leadership: 10 new research findings all leaders need to understand by Kathy Capiro

The article is setup in a Q & A style from the authors interview with Evan Sinar Ph.D, Vice President of DDI which is a company that helps organizations hire and or groom great leaders. The article/interview covers a very insightful list developed from a leadership research project that was published by DDI, The Conference Board and Ernst & Young Global Limited.

I think that one of things that is so fascinating about the article is that a clear line can be drawn from the new research findings and the core values of great global leadership.

Great leaders in general should be able to connect with people regardless of their differences as well as staying current with advancements in technology. These abilities could/should come naturally to Gen X. #5 on the list refers to the importance of Gen X which I feel says a lot! Supposedly Gen X will be the only generation to understand both pre and post internet language. I’m not sure that is scientific fact but I’ve always had that sense before I read about it. Meaning: My husband and I are always talking about how fortunate we are to have lived our childhoods at the beginning of video games. This I feel puts us in a place of greater empathy across generations. We also come from a place that understands the importance of tradition which plays a huge part in understanding cultural differences.

One more key component of great leadership is access to great mentors. This is where I think that Gen X could have the most value! As Gen X we are in great place to mentor great new leaders! Baby Boomers and before had such a great work ethic which is often lacking in generations since. Gen X and Gen Y have left some of these values behind but seem to have replaced them with an open mindedness that certainly lends itself to greater understanding of diversity. Gen X folks that are no longer stuck in the past possess a wisdom that combined with an understanding of the importance of diversity should make for great leaders and great mentors.
This in a nutshell is what gave me a feeling of enthusiasm for understanding why I should care about Global Leadership!

Caprino, K (February 8, 2018)

“The Changing Face of Leadership: 10 new research findings all leaders need to know”

Forbes Magazine

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