Leadership Development

Global Leadership Development

It’s one thing to be an effective leader in a domestic operation. It can be quite another to lead a team in a global business environment. The development of strong global leadership skills requires a solid understanding of the cultural differences that are present when operating in other nations. That’s why cross-cultural leadership training is a key component in the development of global leaders. Expert leadership development learning programs can educate your management personnel on the most effective global leadership behaviors.

Take Advantage of Leadership Programs from Aperian Global

The learning programs offered by Aperian Global are specifically designed to help your management personnel make the transition from domestic manager to international leader. We offer a variety of programs that help your organization navigate the various phases of this global, transitional process.

Depending on your specific requirements, our programs can include a thorough analysis of your organization’s future leadership needs, and self-assessments for emerging leaders based on research-validated behaviors found to be key to global success.

Benefits of Our Leadership Training and Development Programs

Our global leadership development programs will help you identify and understand the differences between managing in a domestic and global operation, resulting in increased self-awareness. You’ll then be able to take steps to close the behavioral gaps. You will also learn what it takes to properly develop future global leaders, as well as implement and establish new solutions for promoting global leader assimilation.

With more than a quarter century of experience, our global leadership development process has been proven to help organizations like yours improve their global leadership competencies. Please read on to learn more about our cross-cultural management training solutions.


The SCOPE Framework

Aperian Global’s approach to global leadership is informed by our industry-leading research and thousands of hours of comprehensive and practical consulting and delivery. We anchor leadership programs in our research-based SCOPE framework that identifies key behaviors needed for complex, cross-boundary leadership roles.

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Leadership Development: Our Point-of-View

Development programs serve to focus & enhance in-role learning; initiatives must connect to strategic business goals

Global leadership requires a different perspective & behavior from “general” leadership

Leading globally is not an “add-on” to leadership development frameworks; it must be embedded into the framework itself

Development of global leaders requires facilitators, coaches & managers with a sophisticated global perspective

Case Studies

Enabling financial leaders to drive performance virtually


One of the largest financial enterprises in northern Europe went through a reorganization from a country-based structure to a function-based structure. This meant that leaders faced new challenges in terms of building dispersed teams and driving processes from a distance, all while experiencing profound cross-cultural differences. The leaders felt hampered in driving the new organizational vision because in most cases they had to work from a distance.


Aperian Global developed a holistic learning journey for all managers and leaders that entailed a blended learning solution of online resources, one-on-one coaching, and instructor-led virtual group sessions. Participants completed and compared their GlobeSmart Profiles as well as developing skills in cultural awareness, distance leadership, and conducting virtual meetings.


The managers and leaders became better equipped to navigate the organizational changes by increasing their awareness of how to lead differently with dispersed and diverse teams. Participants have noted that trust has increased, and travel expenses have decreased. Leaders have revealed that they feel more confident in their roles and that their dispersed teams are more motivated than before, despite meeting in person less often. Additionally, through recognizing the impact of culture on collaboration, team members have been able to conduct productive conversations around similarities and differences and build effective virtual collaboration processes.

Developing leaders in China to foster growth


With revenues from its China operations slipping, a Fortune 500 health technology company determined that Chinese leaders needed to be better represented at the executive level of its global operations. Strong future growth in China and the rest of Asia would depend on the input and guidance of a balanced leadership team.


Aperian Global partnered with the company’s learning and leadership-development team to design a blended learning approach for Chinese high-potential employees. Among other objectives, the aim was to hone the global leadership skills of these employees and close any existing skill gaps.

The blended learning design included customized assessments pertaining to global leadership attitudes and skills; three-day classroom workshops; action-learning assignments; formalized mentoring; and the direct participation of current executives via speeches and panel discussions.


Participants commented that the program was a rare opportunity both to receive feedback and guidance from mentors and senior leaders and to make a real impact on global strategy through their projects and presentations. This was the first China-led management development program to be integrated into the organization’s global leadership curriculum, providing critical visibility to the region and its talent.