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Leadership Without Borders: Successful Strategies from World-Class Leaders Paperback – June 15, 2007

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Business leaders in today’s borderless global marketplace face unprecedented challenges. The emergence of the knowledge economy has demanded that business leaders become global leaders. Successful global leaders are those with strategies for guiding and empowering a diversified workforce operating in different countries, cultures, and time zones so that they can maximize the return from trading in a worldwide market with distinct local needs.

Leadership Without Borders poses the question: What advice do successful global leaders have for future and current global leaders? Part 1 distills the practical insights provided by a large number of global business leaders into five key areas:

  • The personal characteristics required to ensure success as a global leader
  • The business acumen needed to thrive as a global leader
  • Methods for expanding global awareness – or “worldview”
  • The people leadership skills and attributes needed to succeed in any environment
  • Business leadership skills and attributes that will enhance global leadership ability

The reader will find in this first part of the book practical suggestions for ensuring that their own personal characteristics, business acumen, worldview, people leadership skills, and business leadership skills set them apart from others and equip them for leadership in the new borderless marketplace. Each chapter ends with a summary of the global leadership viewpoints presented, to assist you in building your own checklist of global leadership knowledge, skills, and behaviors that you can start to use right away.

Part 2 then explores in detail successful strategies carried out by the exceptional global leaders of eight world-class organizations:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton, USA
  • Change Leaders, Worldwide
  • Horasis, Switzerland
  • Nike, Europe
  • Satyam Computer Services, India
  • Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore
  • Universitas 21 Global, Singapore
  • Vodafone, Spain

Leadership Without Borders
goes beyond theories of management to provide a solid foundation of practical and detailed guidelines and insights from those leaders who are already at the cutting edge in today’s borderless business environment.

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Effective leadership is one of the few traits that set apart successful organizations from others. Leadership Without Borders provides insights into the behaviours that global leaders—and those in the leadership pipeline—must have to help their organizations grow and succeed in today’s knowledge economy. Tony Bingham, President and CEO, American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), USA

Today’s multinational corporation is not merely a company that operates in many countries, but one that is multinational in its workforce. The winds of change, signified by and analysed in this book, are necessitating truly global leaders to be able to lead companies with operations, employees and customers around the world. And who better to write this than Ed Cohen, with his quarter century of experience, including his present assignment as a senior leader of a global India-based company. —Kiran Karnik, President, National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM), India

In Leadership Without Borders, Ed Cohen effectively hones in on the new leadership areas critical to succeeding in the world of global business, which is becoming ever more 'virtual.' The practical advice from leaders, who have already succeeded in this arena, goes beyond simply how these leaders deal with technology and change. —Deborah Wheelock, Principal, Global Talent Management,Mercer Human Resource Consulting, USA

Pick up Leadership Without Borders, and you won’t put it down unread.  Its attractively written, timely and original. You’ll learn about the range of skills, in addition to business acumen, that have to be developed to make it possible for your senior people to operate as leaders at home in the global economy. Ed Cohen’s book is a must read for everybody interested in the development of a world consciousness about what it takes to do global business today. —Dr. Jonathan Story, Emeritus Professor, International Political Economy
INSEAD, France

Leadership Without Borders provides excellent learnings for anyone leading globally or on international presents powerful insights for all leaders.—Jens Backes, Vice President, T-Mobile, Czech Republic

One of the biggest challenges of leading successfully in a multinational of the 21st century is the right combination of global vision with local implementation; creating the powerful mix of global strategy with the local market requirements; embedding global values into the local company reality; and, making sure local realities are represented at multinational level. Leadership Without Borders offers good understanding of these challenges and how to go about them.—Adolfo Hernandez, Senior Vice President, Global Services, GSS Practices
Sun Microsystems, Spain

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470822279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470822272
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ed Cohen reaches for his quarter century of experience as a corporate executive who has conducted business in more than 40 countries as he provides practice and inspirational learnings on leadership in the global paradigm. From China to Chicago, from Australia to Amsterdam, Ed has been a featured speaker around the world. Ed Cohen is the only Chief Learning Officer to lead two companies to the number one ranking in the ASTD BEST Awards--Booz Allen Hamilton and Satyam Computer Services. In Addition to Riding the Tiger, he is the author of Leadership Without Borders published John Wiley & Sons which received multiple international accolades and a contributing author to Next Generation Corporate Universities, by Pfeiffer Publishing, a division of John Wiley and Sons.

Twitter: edcohenspeaks

From 2005 to 2009 Ed lived in India working as Senior Vice President for Mahindra Satyam, a global, technology professional services. Under Ed's leadership, they became the first and only company outside the U.S. to attain the # 1 ranking by American Society for Training & Development (ASTD). Before that, Ed Cohen was eight years with Booz Allen Hamilton. Under Ed's leadership, they achieved the # 1 ranking on both Training Magazine's Top 125 list and ASTD's global list. Booz Allen also received more than 30 "Excellence in Practice" recognitions from ASTD (American Society for Training & Development). He implemented learning and people services including people strategies, executive coaching programs, action learning, virtual learning, social networking, that have cumulatively resulted in more than $500 M of return on investment.

Ed participated in Harvard Business School's Leading Professional Services Firms, earned a M.S. in education from Nova Southeastern University and a B.A. in accounting from the University of Florida.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Zayd Abdul-Karim on August 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book opens one's eyes to a new worldview. Each of us have daily opportunities to demonstrate leadership globally because we all live, work and communicate with people from all over the world. Ed Cohen shows us how to be and do it. It is a fresh perspective because it integrates state-of-the-art people and organization development principles and techniques with classic business strategies and practices. It is innovative because it shines light on a "path or road" of best practices that many organizations have not yet travelled. Do you or your organization want to thrive in the global economy? Then you will find numerous "recipes for success" here. The personal stories from a plethora of proven global leaders brings to life the concepts, principles and ideas discussed. This book brings the whole world into your room and you get to meet the prototype of the "new" global leader. It is both ahead of its time and still right on time. Since global business is here to stay, this book is an excellent guide for people and organizations that want to break old ideologies, paradigms, and mental frameworks. It opens the door for one to enter into the "new world order" of business and life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Darlene Tolbert Palmer on July 19, 2007
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Leadership Without Borders is well written with anecdotes and stories providing great advice from leaders around the world who are living the global experience. The first half of the book provides candid advice and information that is immediately usable in the workplace, for all leaders. The second half of the book provides great ideas and details using specific case studies from major companies throughout the world. I especially enjoyed reading about the journey that Booz Allen Hamilton has taken to merge totally, different cultures. Dr. Ralph Shrader, their CEO, hones in on how the leaders at Booz Allen agreed upon core values and common career paths resulting in a firm that is an even stronger competitor. The Vodafone chapter, contributed by Antonio Aleman, is also a great read. Vodafone brought together many different companies to form one Vodafone. Along the Vodafone was able to renew its value propositions for customers and employees around the world. All and all, Leadership Without Borders is a great read with solid information.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anirban Dutta on August 15, 2007
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This book is a very easy read, so Ed will be able to keep the attention of non business readers as well. Ed does not take the conventional sermon type approach of `I know more than you so listen to me' but proves his views in a factual yet storytelling manner with real life snippets from leaders intermittently. It's not that a lot of the traits and characteristics he talks here are unknown to readers, but this book will help readers take a culturally complex issue and look at things from other's perspective. I am currently leading a pursuit where the delivery team is in India, other stakeholders are in UK and USA and I face daily challenges regarding `yes does not necessarily mean yes' and `things I take for granted are interpreted differently' type of issues.

I think this book so far has re-taught me to be more patient dealing with intercultural challenges. This book is an essential read for anybody working across cultures or aspires to do so.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay Golub on June 2, 2007
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Leadership Without Borders provides great insights from already successful global leaders that are easily implementable. The stories and examples are interesting. I enjoyed learning about the global journey of each of the companies featured in the book. The perspectives from leaders combined with excellent case studies from Booz Allen, Nike, Standard Chartered Bank, Satyam, and Vodafone really provided a great framework for leaders and their organizations. I highly recommend this read!
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