Ability to Lead People Most Important Skill for CEOs, New Find the Edge Article Says

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An article published on Find the Edge today explains how the CEO role is changing, and why those aiming for the top need to focus on their people leadership skills.

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Expectations of today’s leaders are higher – and their exposure to public scrutiny wider – than at any other time in history.

The role of CEO is changing, and the ability to manage people and build a strong internal team is now key to success, according to a new article by Andrea Adams.

She explores the capabilities that modern CEOs need to succeed in a changing world, by analysing research she collaborated on called, 'Broadening The CEO Selection Pool: Where Will Our Future Leaders Come From?'

In the article, she explains the reasons why the role of CEO is shifting.

She said: "Expectations of today’s leaders are higher – and their exposure to public scrutiny wider – than at any other time in history.

"They are judged not simply on performance measures, but also on personal propriety, and their ability to inspire people. Tenure is short, and competition fierce."

Adams believes the research shows how a set of criteria has been established for individuals looking to challenge for the top jobs.

She said: "Functional background is becoming less important to selection than specific experience.

"The pre-requisites for today’s CEOs appear to be proven capability as an MD, followed by sector-specific experience and a multi-functional background.

"Intellectual horsepower is essential, with a master’s or MBA degree increasingly expected for CEOs wanting to compete for roles globally."

The full article and research can be viewed here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/leadership/management-tips/what-separates-the-best-ceos-from-the-rest.

Andrea Adams is the founder and MD of Triumpha, which helps leadership teams improve their performances. More about her can be found here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/andrea-adams.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge said: "It's interesting to see how the CEO role has developed, and this research gives an insight into where it may be heading.

"Anyone who is involved in management, or has aspirations to be, would be well advised to read this article."

The article has been published on Find the Edge, which is a business website dedicated to sharing the latest news, advice and insight. Expert panelists regularly post articles on the website covering a range of sectors.

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