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Mar 9—13, 2020
5 days
SGD 14400 ≈USD 10578
SGD 2880 per day
Jun 15—19, 2020
5 days
Fontainebleau, France
EUR 9500 ≈USD 10594
EUR 1900 per day


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About the course


As today’s business landscape becomes increasingly global, organisations need leaders who can operate effectively anywhere in the world. Securing an international advantage requires executives capable of rapidly adapting to an ever-evolving, highly competitive global marketplace, mastering cross-cultural relationships and creating winning strategies that integrate both local and global perspectives.

Leading Across Borders and Cultures is designed to provide a highly practical perspective on one of today’s most pressing business issues: how to lead in a complex, cross-border, multicultural environment.

The programme presents a comprehensive approach to building the capabilities you need to lead across national and international boundaries. An immersive five-day learning experience, it will allow you to explore the skillsets of successful global leaders and discover what it takes to build a cohesive global team, negotiate international deals and lead at scale. You will learn to bridge cultural gaps, transform differences into assets and ultimately create exceptional value for your organisation.


  • Learn to lead across global organisations
  • Develop the skills to manage virtual teams
  • Improve your ability to negotiate and motivate internationally
  • Understand cultural influences and develop strategies for working successfully across the world.


Leading Across Borders and Cultures demands active involvement in the uniquely multicultural environment that is the INSEAD campus. The content is based on INSEAD’s world-leading research in the field of global leadership – much of it carried out by the programme faculty members themselves.


Examine the unique dynamics and challenges of leading in global roles. Through case studies, class discussions, small-group work and videotaped interviews with successful global leaders, you will examine success factors, reflect on your own profile, then identify action steps to improve your capabilities.


Learn to decode cultural differences that affect your business’s success, avoid culture traps and bridge gaps. The programme director has conducted research and works from a ‘Culture Map’ which looks at benchmarking your own leadership style based on eight cross-cultural dimensions.


It is the norm today for companies to have teams dispersed across countries, cultures and time zones – colleagues who are expected to work together while at the same time working apart. The programme will help you better structure teamwork and more effectively manage team members when each person is in a different location.

Who should attend

Leading Across Borders and Cultures is designed for:

  • Executives based at headquarters but who manage international activities
  • Managers in charge of international outsourcing activities, international sales, or cross-border mergers and acquisitions
  • Business development and sales and marketing experts who negotiate deals and sell products to clients in other countries
  • Senior managers currently (or about to be) posted abroad
  • Global leaders who manage the collaboration of teams in multiple locations.

Trust the experts

Albert Angehrn

Albert Angehrn is a Professor of Information Technology at INSEAD. His research activities concentrate on the impact of information and communication technologies and networks on learning, change, and collaboration processes within and across organisations, and on the design of innovative solutio...


Mansour Javidan

Biography Director, Najafi Global Mindset Institute and Garvin Distinguished Professor Areas of Expertise: Global leadership, Global Mindset, Managing across cultures, Cross-cultural communications, Cross-border mergers and acquisitions, Managing global teams Courses: Cross Cultural Communicati...


Paul Saunders

Paul has over 25 years' experience working with a wide range of global organizations around the world, enabling leaders and their teams to identify, understand and leverage the potential of cultural differences to drive innovation, change, growth and high performance. He has lived in six differen...


Jose Luis Alvarez

Jose Luis Álvarez is Senior Affiliate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at INSEAD. He teaches in the MBA Program (where he received three times the Best Teacher Award) and executive education programmes, such as AVIRA, the Advanced Management Programme, the Leadership Transition Programme and...


Erin Meyer

Erin Meyer is an Affiliate Professor in the Organisational Behaviour Department at INSEAD and specialises in the field of Cross-Cultural Management, Intercultural Negotiations, and Multi-Cultural Leadership. Erin is also the Programme Director for two INSEAD executive education programmes: Managi...


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