I wrote Global Explorers just before the turn of the century following a survey of Fortune 500 firms that showed a severe shortage of global leaders. Fast-forward to the present and the need for competent leaders who can navigate the age of globalization and ask the right questions regardless of geography is even more pressing. In fact, in Spring 2016, Harvard Business Review Press featured my article “The Right Way to Manage Expats” from which “Global Explorers” was built, within the recent book HBR’s 10 Must Reads on Managing Across Cultures.
“Global Explorers” guides the global manager from the periphery to the center stage of international business leadership. My co-authors J. Stewart Black, Allen Morrison and I outline the skills and the competencies future global managers need to fill the leadership gap. Using extensive research, real-life examples, and 130 in-depth interviews with senior executives representing 50 global companies, including IBM, Disney, Exxon and Sony, we suggest the reasons for the global leadership shortage, and identify the necessary skills to compete in the international marketplace.
Our intent is that managers who want to safeguard their corporate future in these changing times embrace the book. It serves a guide to help them create a personal program for developing and balancing the skills they need to become successful global leaders.