Top 10 Leadership Qualities According to IBM

By Frank Kenna

Are you a manager of other people in your workplace?  If so, a recent survey of CEOs by IBM will be of interest to you.

In an overall finding, the CEOs said that complexity is the top challenge facing managers and companies today. Given that, the qualities needed to lead others in the midst of that complexity are changing.  Today, it’s not how smart you are, or what type of companies you’ve worked at in the past that matter most.  The #1 quality that is most needed today is creativity.

Creativity?  At first that seemed strange to me.  Sure, the creative types are important in the development and marketing areas, but in leading businesses?  Aren’t those leaders supposed to be applying tried and true methods they learned in B-school and at other companies?  Apparently not any more.

And when you think of it, that makes sense.  Would companies like Google, Apple or Facebook be at the top of the heap if they were doing it like everyone else?  Probably not.  Technology is changing the business landscape so fast these days, that only people with a creative streak will be able to absorb it all and be able to channel it into products and services for the new reality.

Here’s the full list:

Creativity 60%
Integrity 52%
Global thinking 35%
Influence 30%
Openness 28%
Dedication 26%
Focus, sustainability 26%
Humility 12%
Fairness 12%

Jude Carter
July 11, 2011

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