What Makes for a Good Overseas Manager?


    Managing Offshore offers an interesting, short piece by an executive recruiter on what factors make for a "global leader" — somebody who can manage divisions in another country than the one from which they derive. Author Christopher J. Clarke, CEO of Boyden Global Executive Search lists five "X Factors":

    1. Helicopter vision — the ability to detach from markets.
    2. Commitment to the current assignment — vs. planning out the next promotion.
    3. Cultural flexibility — embracing what's local.
    4. Developing local talent — embracing who's local
    5. Political persuasiveness — encouraging local executives to think globally too.

    Mr. Clarke provides some level of detail in the essay.