3 Tips To Lead a Global Team | By The Boss

3 tips to lead a global team

(based on theory and work experience*)


Avoid stereotypes as new technologies bridge all nationalities but DO NOT underestimate what @Cross Border Talents we defined as the 5 Human Triggers (detailed below).


Identify such triggers, adjust to individual needs, set SMART targets (gamification), coach to accelerate individual growth, spend time & money with proactive people, stop investing if results do not appear on the defined period.

“The moment you feel the need to tightly manage someone, you’ve made a hiring mistake.”  James C. Collins, Good to Great


Reward (also) effort and be the North Star of your Team.

Have fun while learning and adjusting. Your team will appreciate it.

The 5 human Triggers;

1 – Job motivation

What kind of job is your future employee looking for?

  • Geographical: Current city, another city, cross border work experience
  • Contract targets: permanent, temporary, freelancer, part time, full time
  • Industry: incremental or diversification (new challenge in current or new line of business?)

2 – Generation

Which generation does your future employee belongs to?

Boomers II or Generation Jones: Born: 1955-1965 / Coming of Age: 1973-1983 / Age in 2004: 39 to 49 | Current Population: 49 million

Generation X: Born: 1966-1976 / Coming of Age: 1988-1994 / Age in 2004: 28 to 38 | Current Population: 41 million

Generation Y, Echo Boomers or Millenniums: Born: 1977-1994 / Coming of Age: 1998-2006 / Age in 2004: 10 to 22 | Current Population: 71 million

Generation Z: Born: 1995-2012 / Coming of Age: 2013-2020 / Age in 2004: 0-9 | Current Population: 23 million and growing rapidly

Generation Alpha: Born: 2013-2025 / Accessing labour market by 2031

3 – Personality

What are the dominant traits of your future employee’s personality?

Using Marston´s DISC (characteristics of emotions and behavior) learn what are the relevant behavior types (Dominance, Inducement, Submission, and Compliance) of your candidate.

4 – Cultural

What are the characteristics (specific cultural dimensions) of your future employee´s nationality?

Using Hofstede’s cultural dimensions theory learn how the 6 cultural dimensions impact the relationships your candidate will have with the Team

  • Power distance index (PDI)
  • Individualism vs. collectivism (IDV)
  • Uncertainty avoidance (UAI)
  • Masculinity vs. femininity (MAS)
  • Long-term orientation vs. short-term orientation (LTO)
  • Indulgence vs. restraint (IND)

5 – Surroundings

How is the current work experience impacting the behavior of your future employee?

One working abroad, or working for a company with a global head office based abroad, or working with foreign management tends to create a “mask behavior” to cope with external interactions. Learn these specifics in order to avoid behavior surprises.

*20 years working across > 40 countries

@Cross Border Talents, we honour workers and employers who think differently when choosing unique jobs and skills.

We are hiring Remote Recruiters. Contact our Talent Acquisition Team and join our mission. talent.acquisition@cbtalents.com

Ricardo Nobre
The Boss

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