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Most Desired Executive Trait: Ability to Motivate

Magazine article HRMagazine

Most Desired Executive Trait: Ability to Motivate

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The top skill that companies and boards of directors seek in senior executives is the ability to motivate and lead others, according to a survey of 1,270 business leaders from around the world.

In the survey, more top leaders said they preferred a senior executive who could motivate and inspire others (cited by 68 percent of respondents) than desired an executive who consistently performed well (26 percent).

"While high performance is required to reach the C-suite, an executive's ability to motivate people to do what he or she needs them to do is the crucial differentiator between a good leader and a great one," says Paul Dinte, chairman of IIC Partners, the executive search organization that conducted the online survey late last year. "A high-performing team will always produce more than a single individual."

Other valuable senior executive traits named by survey respondents include:

* Strong ability to manage change (cited by 51 percent). …

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