Top CEO’s have named the four skills that recruiters look for in future business leaders.
Published on LinkedIn Learning, Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn, Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and Thrive Global, Bill George, longtime CEO of Medtronic and currently a leadership professor at Harvard Business School, and Ryan Holmes, CEO of HootSuite comprised a list of the four key skills every candidate needs on their CV.
According to the CEO’s, the four selected skills will become increasingly more important to business leaders over the next five years. They are:
Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post, said:
“One of the most important skills for a CEO – and one that is only going to increase in importance – is finding and maintaining a sense of purpose,”
“Many people think of purpose as something that’s fixed, but purpose is actually a skill, one that can be built and nurtured throughout an organisation so that everyone within the company has internalised what the company stands for beyond profits and growth.”
“Millennials and Gen Xers only want to work for leaders who are authentic: open, sharing, true-to-their-values, compassionate, committed to a clear sense of purpose and, most importantly, possessed with courage to make bold decisions,” Bill George added.
2. Empowering your employees
“CEOs have to learn how to recruit and manage talent to keep pace with rapid change,” says Reid Hoffman. “Rather than focusing exclusively on salary or perks, make your organisation the best possible launch pad for amazing careers.”
The report reveals that employees want ownership over their roles, learning opportunities to advance their career and a purpose to their work.
Huffington makes reference to work-life balance and the importance of wellness. Her research shows that professionals perform the best when they have the right amount of sleep and spend time away from work.
“We’re overwhelmed by technology, and that’s only going to increase,” Huffington said.
“Technology allows us to do amazing things, but – if we let it – it also accelerates the pace of our lives to the point where it consumes our attention and our ability to focus and be present.
And it’s going to be those CEOs who are able to truly disconnect – and reclaim the time and space they need to be creative, to innovate, to access their own wisdom and intuition – who will win the future.”
3. Willing to learn
The report uses Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah Winfrey as examples of business leaders who dedicate time to learning new skills.
“As a CEO, you need to become an infinite learner to make yourself more adaptable,” says Reid Hoffman.
“The world of business is changing, and you can’t rely solely on your previous expertise, no matter effective it has been until now.”
4. Social media
Ryan Holmes, CEO of social media tool Hootsuite, 61 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs have no social media presence at all.
The business leaders who are active on social media have a platform from which to share their message and attract the best people for their businesses.
“For CEOs, social media is, in no uncertain terms, a core competency,” says Holmes.
“Those who are able to master it tap into the most dominant communication platform today. Those who ignore it risk having the competition eat their lunch.”