What makes a great international manager!

Grand Hotel Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C.
Grand Hotel Taipei, Taiwan R.O.C.

A question I have pondered recently is how do you quantify what your leadership style is, and at what degree of this style can be because of our unique international experience. International management can be very tricky but I have found the following experiences in my life to have been essential to what I have become.

First I cannot deny the fact that my military service with constant focus on teamwork, and leadership to have been a major influence.

Second I have to say that having a family has caused me to focus on my long term planning, and mitigation of failures. Having very close family when traveling is a major delight for me and I enjoy it immensely.

Third my exposure to international travel starting at eighteen, and continueing to this date has transformed me in ways that I can not even describe. I now feel comfortable in most countries and most situations due to this alone. Even if I don’t speak the language I seem to always get what I want done.

So my best advice to young people is to get out and work overseas. Spend part of your education overseas meeting new people and building a network of people that you can rely on.

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