In today’s world, little is certain, change is fast, and market dynamics are getting ever more complex. Creative leadership, the type of leadership that enables organizations to thrive in this context, is becoming more and more important. Creative leaders build organizational cultures that support innovation, collaboration, and adaptation, and involve the minds and hearts of people inside and outside of the organization.
Leaders are built, not born, and critical life experiences contribute to developing the type of leadership skills that are crucial in the world we live in today. One such experience is living and working outside of one’s home country.
Pulling from my own experience as an expat – in France, Japan, Singapore, and Turkey – I have found that there are three important creative leadership traits gained from an expat life: