Travel. Be A Great Leader- Here's How!
Karnataka Today|December 2017

Travel is delightful. It relaxes, enriches the eye and the soul, and generally reinvigorates. That is something we all know. But it also provides us with invaluable business leadership skills, says Deepshikha Dhankhar

Deepshikha Dhankhar

There was a time when travelling was limited to only those who had a little extra to spend, the roads weren’t that well connected and flights were only for the elite. Today, in some countries, travel provides you with a competitive edge in the job, college and scholarship market. More and more millennials are taking a gap year between high school and college and also between jobs to experience what encompasses a great ‘travel’. We all know that travelling makes you a better ‘traveller’ to say the least and to be the go-to person for other’s itineraries. But can it do more than this? Yes, it can! It can definitely make you a better leader. Here’s how:

1. It makes you a learner

According to studies, 94% of business leaders in America are pro-travelling. They believe that not only does it give them memories to hold on to but it also transforms into a competitive advantage at their work place. It is not about the places you visit but the experiences you have while choosing which route to traverse. It makes you learn a thing or two about which path would be shorter, easier, more beneficial and even less or more dangerous in some cases. Do such thoughts belong anywhere in your business world? Yes, they do! The path to tread is fraught with danger in both worlds and your travel experiences can help you choose wisely.

2. Better communication

What happens when you cannot understand someone’s language? You eventually figure out a way to communicate. And what could be better way to learn this lesson than in an unfamiliar setting where nobody understands your language and you do not understand theirs. Mind you, this is not just limited to verbal communication. Travelling enables you to be innovative in communication and also develops your ability to make meaningful conversations with strangers. And being able to communicate with anyone despite language barriers is a sure way to make you successful, especially if you are in a business that widths the globe.

3. Appreciate diversity

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