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The Seven Secrets of Leadership - Secret #5
Secret #5: Look cross-functionally and focus on the performance
What makes a great global leader? Page Executive interviewed over forty business leaders across Asia Pacific and Australia, Europe and the Americas for their views on leadership. The result of this work is a series of short articles on the topic of leadership that we are pleased to share with you. These articles encapsulate the opinions of the global leaders we interviewed, who generously shared their views on what constitutes success in a global leader, as well as offering advice to the next generation of leaders.
Leaders today demonstrate their value by delivering on short-term objectives. The ability to deliver swiftly on revenue and cost-saving goals is an expectation, rather than a desired trait.
A climate of insecurity
The speed with which economic cycles and a company’s own strategy change means that the leadership position can never be taken for granted. On top of the expected ROI, companies are also looking for leaders who deliver consistently and who contribute to the total performance of the company. Leaders are no longer expected to be just experts in their fields, but rather masters at understanding the company’s global context.
The ability to deliver swiftly on revenue and cost-saving goals is an expectation
Having a cross-functional understanding of performance will increasingly differentiate average leaders from outstanding ones. In the process of becoming multitasking global leaders, contributing to their company’s overall performance enhances managers’ chances of securing their positions.
Adapt to survive and thrive
To rise to these expectations, leaders must be flexible and be constantly at the ready to analyse and adapt to any situation. They need to invest continually in their own development in order to support their teams in reaching the highest levels of performance, in the face of both successes and failures. They need to maintain an unswerving focus on sustaining the prosperity of their business against the backdrop of a continuously changing world.
Our clients say…
Great global leaders are able to drive critical changes and elevate total performance to the next level, with proven track records in achieving company goals and delivering tangible results.- Senior Executive from a world leading Fortune 500 retailer, Hong Kong & China