You’ve been dreaming of working abroad and gaining professional international exposure in your career. You finally got your ticket for an expatriation.
But do you know how to be a good manager while abroad?
Here are some useful tips to help you adjust to your new professional environment.
An impulse to Communicate.
Be enthusiastic and extroverted. Don’t be afraid to try to communicate with co-workers and employees even if you’re not comfortable with the language. Take all the advice you receive from your team. They are here to help you succeed in your task.
According to an article from the Harvard Business Review people who end up being successful in their jobs are those that don’t give up after early attempts either fail or embarrass them.
Advantage: it will help you to improve your language skill but also create bond with your team.
When you move to your new country, try not to stick with fellow expats or people from your same nationality.
Establish new bounds with locals, from your postman or florist, to government officials. It’s the best way to adjust in a foreign environment. It may be difficult at first, but with time it will get easier and you will not feel like an expat but more like a member of the community.
Don’t stick to your culture, habits, or toward familiar environments. Be open to discover your new country’s culture and way of life. You will sometimes feel uncomfortable but that’s the way of learning.
Try to adjust. Try everything possible, from the typical food to the local sport, and participate in cultural events. Immerse yourself in your new country to understand it better.
Be open minded, and respect cultural norms. Your team will value your effort to adapt yourself.
Respecting your team’s diverse viewpoints and listening to their comments is also important for an expat manager.
A Collaborative Negotiation Style.
You don’t negotiate a contract in the U.S as you would in China, for example. You need to take into consideration expectations about doing negotiations and business abroad.
Once again, be collaborative, ask questions about the negotiation process, do some research and be prepared.
Although for the most part your management style will remain the same worldwide, these tips are for cultural immersion with your new colleagues. We wish you the best of luck in your new career internationally!