The increasingly global nature of work means that more and more workers from across the globe are working closely together in teams -- virtual and otherwise.
However, little research exists as to how to manage these diverse teams for maximum success.
Minneapolis-based consulting firm PDI engaged in a major study -- Cultural Differences in a Shrinking World: Leadership Implications -- to analyze personality and behaviors of managers and executives across the world. The purpose of the study was to uncover the personality and behavioral traits that characterize leaders who've proven capable of effectively managing global teams.
Among the study's findings was that two key personality traits must be considered when staffing for positions that involve global work. Another finding was that managers and executives across the globe value competences and behaviors differently than their counterparts in other countries.