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Posted on Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015
From on-going assessment and coaching, to specific training on the latest technologies, what do you need to be a great leader?
My colleague Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand, recently spoke about the need for senior leaders to keep learning no matter how high they get in their career. Corporate failures, from the demise of decades-old brands to the failure of global organizations to gain a foothold in lucrative new markets, highlight the breadth and significance of directors’ skills and strategic abilities – or lack thereof.
As Nick explains, “Such examples demonstrate that directors’ skills matter – not just for the ongoing financial success of the organization, but to safeguard the jobs of the people who work for them. That’s why directors need to make time for their own continuing professional development. They owe it to the staff they now lead."
Our DNA of a Leader series explores the career steps to reach executive positions in a variety of industries and functions including construction, HR, and finance. One consistent message is that executives need to be leaders, not just managers, and have both strong business acumen, and excellent interpersonal skills. Depending on where your career path took you, consider taking part in the kind of 360 assessment that will give you an understanding of your strengths, and areas for improvement.
In an interview for our DNA of a Supply Chain/Procurement Leader report, Michelle Palmer-Novakovic emphasized continuous learning and seeking constructive feedback as crucial tools for her professional success.
"The thing that made the difference was building a great support system and being open to change and growth. I did some 360 degree feedback and leadership training and looked at areas where I could improve, and I looked at colleagues and leaders I admired to emulate them," she said.
For more on leadership skills and the career path to the top, visit our DNA of a Leader section, watch Canadian leaders discuss their paths and advice, or view the webinar reviewing the results.
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