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What qualities make a great leader?

What qualities make a great leader? This is an evergreen topic examined regularly in the media. Some traits are obvious (strategic thinking, open communications, confidence) while others are less so (sense of humor, integrity, a long-term view).

What qualities make a great leader?Most recently there was an article on the HBR Blog Network, "The Seven Skills You Need to Thrive in the C-Suite," with a list of its own. You can debate the merits of each skill but what got me thinking was not the list itself but, rather, this portion:
"We also asked ... how the most highly prized C-level skills have changed over time and what further change they foresee. The first clear theme that emerged is the importance of a global outlook and meaningful international experience. Already the foremost emerging skill over the past decade, a global orientation is apt to become even more dominant going forward."

I can certainly attest that having a global perspective is more important than ever for leaders and aspirational executives. My firm is part of InterSearch Worldwide, leading global executive search organization with a network of offices in more than 50 countries. We recently held our annual conference in India and one of the key discussion topics was how we work together on cross-border searches to identify for our clients the best candidates, particularly with a global outlook and international experience. This type of leader will continue to be in high demand.

I would be interested in what others think on this subject.

About InterSearch Worldwide

InterSearch Worldwide is a global organization of executive search firms consistently ranked amongst the largest retained executive search practices in the world. InterSearch is currently operating with over 90 offices in more than 50 countries, staffed by local professionals selected for their experience and reputation in their own markets and their ability to operate internationally. Established in 1989, InterSearch prides itself on carefully selecting the best local firms to partner as a member of a global entity with high integrity, excellent reputation and vast experience in its local market, with the ability to operate internationally. Each partner is committed to excellence in every search and our Standards & Quality Committee (SQC) governs best practise across our network.
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