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“To remain at the summit, it is absolutely critical to possess both learning agility and emotional intelligence in managing one’s self and others.”
On a recent visit to KZN I was fortunate enough to touch base with some friends and colleagues for an afternoon catch up. Of this group of individuals, I am the only one that works within the traditional human resources discipline. Naturally, over the years I have come in for a bit of abuse around the perceived “fluffy” “tree-hugging” and “people-centric” nature of my profession. Many of the individuals within the group are CEOs, CFOs and Senior Executives in some very well known, large organisations that have delivered massive shareholder value and business growth. Over lime milkshakes (yes, even the most powerful Execs cannot resist the deliciousness that is a double-thick milkshake), the conversation turned to what makes for a successful Executive Leader in today’s world and, in particular, within the South African context.
There was a lot of debate, but the consensus around the table is that there are two “phases” one must go through in order to reach the top. Getting to the top, and staying at the top.