A global mindset can be defined as:
“one that combines an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures and markets with a propensity and ability to see common patterns across countries and markets.”
Leading with a global mindset, is a key trait demanded of global leaders and prospective employers in our increasingly interconnected world.
Contemporary practice demands more than the knowledge of global environments from aspects derived from travelling or speaking different languages.
As the definition suggests, the global mindset contributes towards an open vision that can spot trends and critically, make sense of and capitalise on emerging opportunities. This is particularly important in areas where others cannot.
The term global in this sense can also mean international, regional and functional business units in multinational enterprises.
Also having a global mindset doesn’t pre-qualify you for a job as a jet-setting management consultant. It is in essence beneficial for any leader, or any existing or prospective employee in any organisation, whether or not their job description is international or otherwise.