ThomasLeland is conducting research about the experience of non-native and native English speaking professionals working in an international/global business environment. 

The results are intended to illuminate the experiences of native and non-native English speakers and 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

The research and findings are also relevant for organizations seeking to integrate, engage, develop and promote non-native professionals in the STEM fields and unlock the true potential of these professionals in the English- and Anglo-Saxon dominated business environments. We also aim to generate insights about the experience of native English speakers in managing and leading non-native English speakers and their role in bridging critical gaps. 

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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. 


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. 

As part of completing the survey you will have the option to provide your contact information if you choose to participate in follow up focus groups and/or individual interviews. Participation in focus groups and/or interviews is entirely voluntary and is not presumed in completing the survey. Unless you provide explicit and written consent, we will not include your name or any other individual information by which you could be identified, when using the focus group insights or interview data for the final report of this research. 

Once the study has been completed you can find a summary of the research on our website. If you have questions or concerns please contact us.