Online Recruitment: The Top Four Skills HR Needs to Look for in the Leaders of the Future

Cielo and Executive Vice President, Sue Brooks, were featured this week in Online Recruitment magazine, discussing the four key skills necessary to drive future leadership teams. The article, The Top Four Skills HR Needs to Look for in the Leaders of the Future, delves into the importance of 1) emotional intelligence, 2) non-heroic leadership, 3) recognition of team drivers and 4) total flexibility.

Excerpts from the article:

Emotional intelligence: or the ability to perceive, control and evaluate emotions. This includes recognizing not only the impact of one’s actions on those around us, but also when others are perhaps struggling emotionally. In a world where the line between work and personal life is increasingly blurred, the ability to identify when colleagues might be struggling is key in leadership figures.

Non-heroic leadership: as referenced by some of the world’s top business schools, the senior professionals that will succeed in the future are less likely to be those who lead from the front, as Steve Jobs, Jack Welch and Lee Iacocca were renowned for. Instead, future leaders should be more invisible to the outside world and instead focus on finding the right employees, ensuring teams work well together and motivating staff.

“We are operating in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) environment where change is quite simply the new norm,” [commented Sue Brooks]. “As a result, the required skills of those at a senior level have evolved. In such a complex working world, one person cannot have all the answers, so the traditional high profile individual will no longer suit the current global business environment.”

“Instead, HR teams need to seek out those professionals that demonstrate they are not only able to adapt instantly, but are also much more people-centric. As these ‘non-heroic’ leaders focus on creating and driving a successful team, their ability to understand the motivators and emotional drivers of employees will become increasingly vital. For HR teams, the challenge is in identifying individuals with these traits and enticing them into a leadership position.”

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