Briefing: Learning to evolve is key to success
In a survey by Gap International, 34% of executives ranked Mind-set/Attitude as the most important attribute for the success of great business leaders. 31% ranked People Skills/Team Building as most important, while only 15% rank Industry Experience this way.
In an industry that is constantly evolving, no one can expect that the same skills will always see them to success. Having an organisation that embraces change is the key to making progress. Leaders need to be open to new ideas and be willing to take the time to learn about new developments.
Our experts discuss growth and evolution in a changing world:
The way leaders deal with change and growth is very important as it can directly affect the attitudes and performance of employees within the organisation. A report by Towers Watson found that communication in an organisation going through change can be 6% worse than in an average company, whilst a high performing company could be 16% above average, making a 24% difference between the two. Company image can fall down by a massive 14% and empowerment can go down by 6%.
The study also found that a preference for change amongst employees can increase their engagement at work. The report found that among employees who prefer change 57% were engaged, while among those who preferred stability, only 19% prefer change.
So a positive attitudes toward change across the board can keep companies moving forward with the changes that are happening around them.
The Gap international study, surveyed 301 senior executives at companies in the United States with revenues of $1 billion or more.
The Towers Watson 2014 Global Workforce Study surveyed more than 32,000 employees across a range of industries in 26 markets around the world.
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