Global Leaders with Languages

Globalisation has shaped the face of business with more and more companies growing internationally. As a consequence, we now need to work across different time zones, languages and cultures. The question is who can manage and successfully lead such a diverse workforce?

More is being asked of business leaders than ever before in order to ensure they have the correct skill set. According to Communicaid, language skills are just one of the many skills that someone should possess to become a true global leader. This is because:

Languages enhance leadership skills

Languages provide us with different perspectives

Languages help us to understand ambiguity

Languages develop cross cultural understanding


     1. Languages enhance leadership skills

  • Doing business in a common language reduces misunderstandings and increases productivity
  • Doing business in your client’s own language leaves a good impression, rather than forcing them to speak your language
  • They are an indispensable tool for relationship building
  • They enable you to offer the best customer service
  • They foster collaboration and respect
  • They improve your ability to communicate and expand the way you do this
  • They change the way you are perceived by your audience, be it your client or employee, for the better

     2. Languages provide us with different perspectives

  • They broaden your understanding of the world via the cultural education that often goes hand in hand with learning another language
  • They give you a broader world perspective
  • They allow you to learn context, appreciate how people say things and understand any hidden meanings
  • They help you to recognise and comprehend that people think in different ways and hold different perspectives

      3. Languages help us to understand ambiguity

  • They teach you context and how this affects meaning
  • You know how to deal with either directness or ambiguity
  • They allow you to recognise particular language traits, especially if it could be perceived as someone being rude, dismissive, or deliberately awkward
  • You can understand different communication styles and why these differ
  • You recognise and understand that there are layers of meaning

     4. Languages develop cross cultural understanding

  • They allow you to understand the limitations of culture-centric references
  • This means you avoid using them in situations where they would have little meaning beyond national borders
  • This prevents key points becoming lost in translation
  • Consequently, the importance of your message and your effectiveness as a leader are not diminished
  • They enable you to learn about new cultures
  • They teach you to empathise with others

Languages provide you not only with the skill of being able to communicate effectively in another language, but all the interpersonal and cultural skills that come hand in hand. Your brain develops to a higher level, establishing links and developing a global, open mindset which is invaluable in today’s society, not only among peers and employees but in developing international relationships with clients. Languages add that extra realm of thought and level of respect that global leaders require.

The team at TTA understands the importance of languages to ensure effective communication and understanding with our clients, so that we can deliver on all of their requirements and develop excellent rapport. Meet the team to find out what languages capabilities we have.


“It is about choosing the right words for creating understanding and alignment.” 

Chris Heuer, ALYND



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