How do you work in English?

Our partner ThomasLeland is conducting research about the experience of non-native and native English speaking professionals working in an international business environment. The results are intended to generate insights that help individuals and organizations: 

  • Better navigate the interconnectedness challenges related to language, culture and business acumen
  • Close key culture and communication gaps among a globally diverse pipeline of leaders
  • Reduce barriers for international professionals in organizations in which English is used as a dominant medium for global communication

Research indicates that key concerns of executives currently include addressing critical shortages of talent globally. Employees with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) backgrounds are particularly sought after as key to driving business results and ensuring innovation capabilities. In that context, weak pipelines of leaders and lagging attractiveness of the organization to engage top talent are critical imperatives. 

Given this situation, organizations have to strategically think about the global talent pool, specifically how to engage international professionals from emerging markets such as India and China, among other high producers of STEM talent. For that reason, it is key for organizations to understand how to optimize the experiences and opportunities for their international professionals. 

An important and frequently overlooked challenge for this population is the experience of working and leading in English as a non-native speaker. Conversely, the globalization of business and increasing diversity of the workforce challenges native English speakers to communicate with, relate to, and effectively lead non-native English speakers. 

You can take the survey at the links below. We're excited to learn more about this topic and will share the results with all of our participants. 



Participation in the survey is anonymous and voluntary. All responses and contributions to this study will be kept strictly confidential. We will not use your name or email address for solicitation or provide this information to third parties.