Living the life of an expatriate can have various reasons. People become expats as a lifestyle choice, or because it is a professional requirement for them. Some go abroad because they have an adventurous spirit, others need to be convinced, or even gently nudged to live and work in another country and culture.
While the number of expats around the world appears to be continuously increasing, not everybody who embarks on a professional journey to foreign lands is always cut out for the experience. In fact, too many return prematurely. To be successful as an expat you need to have certain qualities and characteristics. Some of these skills can be acquired via training and coaching programs.
Other factors influencing an international assignment lie within the expats themselves. Certain personality traits tend to be a good indicator whether someone is able to manage the transition well. I recently stumbled upon a blog post by FeedbacQ (inspired by “Lost in Cheeseland“), which breaks down the great and not so great elements of expat DNA.
Have a look at the infographic below and tell me what you think. Do you have the right DNA to be successful as an expat? Are there aspects missing? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
Christian is a cultural trainer, coach, and consultant with extensive experience in working with multinational companies and especially in developing global leaders. He is the founder and owner of Höferle Consulting, where he leads a team of dedicated training, destination services, and expat support specialists. Christian works with global organizations (or those who are going global) to help their employees oversome cultural differences. Typically he only uses the word “normal” in quotation marks and he is an advocate for helping people understand the why of behaviors – not just the dos & don’ts. Find out more about Christian and follow him on Twitter. You can also see him, listen to him, and experience his work – just invite him! Or sign up for the Höferle Consulting newsletter.