MT Leadership Visions: Capitalising on complexity

Five days, five exclusive MT video interviews. The subject? Leadership in uncertain times.

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Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010

The corporate world is increasingly complex and uncertain. So how are today's top CEOs responding? MT has teamed up with IBM to bring you a series of video interviews with business and charity bosses, in which we ask them about leadership in a world fraught with uncertainty.

Every two years, IBM compiles a global leadership study, where they talk to more than 1,500 CEOs, general managers and senior civil servants about the leadership challenges they're facing. In today's video, Howard Tollit, IBM's UK & Ireland Strategy and Transformation Leader, talks us through the results of its latest survey. The most significant findings include:

- Creativity and innovation are now the most highly-valued leadership qualities (not integrity)
- Agility and rapid decision-making are the hallmarks of 'standout' organisations
- ‘Complexity’ has overtaken ‘change’ as the main challenge facing CEOs across the globe – and more than half of UK & Irish CEOs doubt their ability manage it (the proportion's even higher worldwide).
- Macro-economic factors are now seen as a bigger driver of complexity than technology
- The CEOs of the future will move away from 'top-down' command, instead trying to engage their workforce with a more involving, embracing style

In the coming week, we'll be bringing you the exclusive leadership thoughts of:

- Eric Salama, the CEO of Kantar, WPP's largest division
- Mark Derry, director of BBH plc and the man behind Loch Fyne
- Dame Barbara Stocking, CEO of Oxfam GB
- Adrian Fawcett, CEO of General Healthcare Group, the UK's leading provider of independent healthcare services

MT's Leadership Visions is a week of interviews with top business leaders, in association with IBM. In order to get your own copy of IBM's Global CEO Study, register online at: www.leadership.managementtoday.com

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