We also publish the results of our World Business survey on the pressures of leadership. Six hundred global managers said that two of their greatest worries were confronting the battleground of office politics and developing the mental agility to adapt to the very different tasks that face them every step they make on their upward journey.
News about emerging markets in the Bric countries has drowned out the importance of other regions. Our special report covers the six Middle Eastern states - Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman and the UAE - that comprise the Gulf Co-Operation Council. The GCC, benefiting from the recent hike in the oil price, is pouring billions of petrodollars into its long-term development plan to create new industries and services that will reduce its dependence on oil revenues. The region's economy has grown by 74% over the past three years.