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Coming Diversity

Japan is one of the most uniformity, NOT diversified, country. Geographically the country is made up of four islands, then clearly separated with the neighboring countries by sea. Japanese original culture has been nurtured in the islands over the centuries.
 Therefore, oversea workers from outside the country are not so many as of so far, although it’s increasing steadily. The English capabilities in Japanese are still very poor compared with the other developed countries. One of the most regrettable fact is the quite low ratio of female executives and leaders in the companies, organizations and so on.
 Toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympic, although the inbound tourists are expected to increase, it’s not enough. Considering the working population decrease near future, pressing oversea workers increase should be inevitable all over the country. It is a matter of urgency for all of Japanese, not only for the global related leaders. 
 In these environments, diversity is the quite crucial factor for global leaders. In the traditional mono cultured team, the team performances usually follow normal distribution. On the other hand, in the teams with the diversity, the performances are classified with two groups, very high performance and poor one. The distinction with two groups is the leader how manages the culture and energy of diversified team. Although the diversity often constricts the team performance under the poor leader, on the contrary under the leader who manages the cultural gap in the team effectively, he will be sure making the great and outstanding performance. Thus, for the efficient global leader, the diversity is one of the critical and powerful elements of the team orchestration and inevitable business performance.   

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Cultural Competence

The Cultural Competence is a kind of ability to utilize the cultural difference. In the typical Japanese company implements “Pre-oversea assignment training”, such kind of training covers several subjects, like the country’s overview, culture, food, characteristic and habits. What to do, and what not to do. This is a kind of “cultural knowledge” training, a part of cultural competence. Cultural competence covers not only cultural knowledge but also cultural orientations and cultural skills.

The culture is not only for the country. It’s for the company, organization, small group and individuals. The quite punctual boss who comes to the conference room 5 minutes before and his member who comes there 15 minutes after opening. The strange feeling with the conversation between Sales person and R&D engineer. Misunderstanding at the initial board meeting of acquired company by M&A. All these are the matter of cultural orientation. The cultural competence provides a great support solving personal relationship issues as well as leading the global business. Although cultural competence should be brushed up in the series of the real global business situation, it’s absolutely powerful and essential for the expected global talents and global leaders.    

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Prerequisites of the Global Leader

The business environment is still drastically changing to faster, flatter and more borderless in the 21stCentury. In these situations, especially in Japan, the leaders should have more global mind as well as the leaders in the other countries like Western countries, China, Korea, Singapore and so on.

To be the real global leader, three key prerequisites are essential.

  1. Leadership
  2. Global Communication Capabilities
  3. Creativity and Problem Resolution Capabilities

The first one is the Leadership. It’s obvious and fundamental. However, the global leader needs to lead various members to one direction, then make strong teamwork in the multi-national, multi-cultural and diversified environment. To drive the business steadily, clear vision and directions are essential. Easy to understand then motivating and encouraging to every member. Then especially in the troubled and difficult situation fairness and equality should be respected in the team. Splendidly orchestrated global team by the real global leader must keep on making the great and outstanding performance by their synergy of diversified power. 

The second element is the Global Communication Capabilities.  Of course, making deep understanding with members, the well-trained communication capabilities are mandatory for the global leader. English as a common global language is the most fundamental, but not enough. The situational communication skills like presentation, negotiation, meeting facilitation, conference call and etc. should be brushed up in the real field. In addition to these, the cross-cultural communication skills are critical in the multi-national, multi-cultural and diversified team. The communication styles in their original cultures are quite different respectively. So, understanding the difference is basically quite important, then the global leader should utilize the cultural difference in his team communications situationally.

Third one is Creativity and Problem Resolution Capabilities. These two abilities are also very fundamental as leader, then global leader needs to show off in the global business environment. Creativity is critically key for making vision and idea of the business or solutions with his originality, especially in the undeveloped market or segment. Problem Resolution Capabilities should be demonstrated as a significant power of execution.