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The current political climate has many people wondering what qualifications and personality traits we should require from our world leaders. After numerous studies and observations, experts have formulated a list of the best qualities that a world leader can possess. After reviewing the final list, I realized that nearly all of these qualities benefit not only world leaders, but business leaders as well.
Superb communication skills
As corporate diplomats, leaders need to have the ability to talk to other leaders in a way that conveys the correct message while maintaining a professional demeanor. Conflict is often the direct result of inappropriate communication between two or more individuals. In order to avoid escalation, excellent leaders should possess the ability to speak eloquently and in a way that captures an audience. They should also consider the viewpoint of the other party and structure conversations an communication styles accordingly.
A leader should have a quality education. While politics require world leaders to have a background in political science, economics, or law, business requires leaders to accumulate knowledge relevant to their field. In most cases, a good education begins with degree completion at a reputable institution and is supplemented with vast amounts of experience.
Furthermore, both world leaders and business leaders would do well to be versed in the practices and customs of diverse cultures. When we take the time to understand another culture, we are effectively developing our communication skills while building respect among colleagues, staff, and acquaintances. Respect often leads to more amicable relationships and more beneficial negotiations between parties.
Almost every individual in the world will experience some form of failure in their lifetime and leaders are not exempt. Skilled leaders should be able to accept failure as a lesson and utilize the experience to set a new, more-informed path. Perceiving complications as bumps instead of roadblocks helps keep leaders motivated while building perseverance and determination.
The world (corporate and political) is full of unexpected change. It is important for skilled leaders to anticipate and plan for such change. The best way to go about developing this particular skill is to practice being adaptable. Stop thinking of strategies as absolute, and start thinking of them as one pathway to a final destination.
Being a good leader is difficult regardless of your field. Working with a list of desirable skills and assets in mind is a great way to ensure that you remain in alignment with some of the best practices utilized by successful world leaders.
While America has long been a world business leader, that doesn’t mean that the standard practices of American business management are necessarily the only or even the ideal way to run a company. Different businesses have different demands and understanding how other managers conduct their business can be useful information, even if you choose not to implement their policies. Here are five of the most interesting leadership styles from around the world.
The especially high prevalence of younger workers educated abroad has created a system of business practices that are more individualistic and often anti-authoritarian in Latvia. This creates a non-hierarchical system with few top-down leaders but plenty of individualized managers who each focus on their own disciplines.
The Amicable Hierarchy of Norway
While Norway may resemble American business on the surface with its tiered levels of management, managers and bosses tend to be not as segregated and isolated from the rest of the workforce as they are in the United States. Business runs on the assumption that managers were assigned their positions for a particular reason, and their opinions are usually treated with seriousness further up the chain of command. Staff, similarly, will generally have free and open access even to the highest ranking executives in the company.
Germans are well known for running a tight ship, and that’s largely reflected in their corporate and leadership culture. If anything, the hierarchy apparent in German companies is even tighter and stricter than in America. Every single link in the chain serves a purpose, and information flows upward in an orderly manner. While this level of rigidity may be restrictive to more free thinking workers, German companies still tend to put a high emphasis on collective opinions, which is sometimes better facilitated by the orderly game of telephone that takes place.
In stark counterpoint to the egalitarian nature of Nordic leadership, the boss is the king of the castle in many French businesses. While this means that they can often overlook the opinions of their managers and circumvent concerns of specialists, the rigidity of this structure ensures that many French leaders are uniformly well-informed about a wide range of issues within their business.
Swedish businesses are run on the premise that an open and honest discussion yields the best results, so decision making tends to be decentralized from the leader and focused on intense and meandering conversations that pull in members throughout the company. There’s no tight chain of command cordoning off information, but the genial and inclusive approach to decision making means that conclusions are reached more slowly.
While domineering personalities like ENTJs and ESTJs are certainly evocative of leadership, there are many Meyers-Briggs personality types that can lead others in their own unique ways. This article highlights how many “intuitive” types can foster and direct others.
INTJ: INTJs lead with foresight and reason. They trust their instincts to pick up on strategies for any situation and have no issue working toward a plan’s completion. INTJs are calm, dedicated individuals that can infect others with confidence and capable of assessing the long-term effects of a plan.
ENTJ: ENTJs are confident, insightful and decisive. They deliver on their promises and will speak candidly. An ENTJ’s surety in execution and vision can do wonders for group efforts.
INTP: INTPs are accurate, knowledgeable and inventive, seeing themselves as leading by committee so that all parties involved feel included.
ENTP: ENTPs are enterprising, cunning and competitive. They “get” entrepreneurship and push themselves to advance their own work and their project. They focus deeply on achieving a goal never stopping but always experimenting for better results. ENTPs will simulate many approaches before agreeing on the best one.
INFJ: INFJs are passionate visionaries with keen insight. They tend to excel in humanitarian leadership roles, seeking to nurture, hear and understand their teammates. They are perfectionists who demand much of themselves while nudging and cajoling others. They consider how a decision will work toward their goal and how it might affect others.
ENFJ: ENFJs are infectiously confident individuals who lead by example. They have a goal, organized and disciplined in order to reach that goal and are always working toward that finish line. Despite this drive, they never lose sight of their subordinates and are not above stepping in to push them as individuals.
INFP: INFPs lead through passion and empathy, favoring humanitarian leadership positions. They innovate and keep an open mind on execution while excelling at two-way communication. An INFP listens to her personal morals and ethics before considering how her decision might affect others.
ENFP: ENFPs are resourceful, innovative types who love to brainstorm and encourage everyone to speak up. They have little issue with joint leadership, seeing it as an opportunity to debate, and will consider all approaches to problem-solving before moving to execution.
About Jason William Kumpf
Jason William Kumpf has worked in international business for over a decade. With involvement in global real estate sectors, the expat sector, ecommerce, and finance, it is safe to say that Jason William Kumpf is a well-rounded businessman. By having a hand in multiple sectors of various international and national markets, Jason has built an incredible network of global professionals that include recognizable Fortune 500 companies as well as young, burgeoning startups.
Jason William Kumpf is Co-Chairman for an international California Trade and Business Networked called Cal Trade. To expand his reach, he also serves on the Young Members Board for FIABCI International Real Estate Foundation, a French entity with active chapters in 48 different countries. In addition to these positions, Kumpf is the Director of Alliance Partnerships at USForex Inc which works toward creating better exchange rates for several international ecommerce markets. Similarly, Jason William Kumpf is the Director of Partnerships at OFX, also in the international currency exchange rate industry, working towards the acquiring the best exchange rates available for his international clients.
In addition to Jason’s work internationally in the foreign exchange markets, he has also taken a great interest in tech startups. He has a passion for taking an outside look at complex issues and creating tangible solutions to better the overall structure of a new company. Because of his extensive training in a wide range of industries, and because of his energetic and positive spirit, Jason William Kumpf is able to not only craft great business strategy but motivate his teams as well.
Having spent nearly 20 years studying abroad and working internationally, Jason William Kumpf has seen many sides of business, negotiating, and leadership. For this reason, he feels it is incredibly important that he pass on the information he’s gained over the years to those looking to grow within the international exchange rate markets. Having a strong leadership style is valuable, but having the ability to adapt that leadership style to meet the needs of any market you’re working in is a priceless skill that will take anyone with the right drive far in life. Jason William Kumpf hopes to inspire some of this leadership in a new generation of young and talented industry members.
As Jason William Kumpf enters the next stage of his career, he looks towards opening new doors for leadership training and business strategy opportunities. If you’re a young tech startup or just looking for some leadership style advice, Jason William Kumpf’s new blog will act as a great resource. Without sharing what works, progress cannot be made, and Jason William Kumpf is dedicated to not only continuing a successful career for himself, but to see this reality happen for others.
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