Identifying Leadership Potential in Future International Executives: Developing a Concept

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Characteristics of successful, mature executives are often used to assess managers much earlier in their careers. But if the skills of an international executive are developed over time rather than innate, such “end state” characteristics might not be present. Rather, “potential” might be better defined as the ability to take advantage of the developmental experiences that will be offered. Using the published research and interviews with experienced international executives, this paper develops a conceptual framework for assessing international executive potential by examining ability to learn from experience. The attributes of early identification in this framework include curiosity about how people and things work, accepting responsibility for learning and change, seeking and using feedback, and five other dimensions.

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