MT Leadership Visions: Eric Salama, CEO of Kantar Group

The boss of WPP's research division - its largest - on putting power in the hands of your employees.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

The second interview of our week-long leadership special (in association with IBM) features Eric Salama, CEO of Kantar Group, talking about the challenges of running a business with over 26,500 employees in 80 countries. Previously WPP's head of strategy, Salama took over as chairman and CEO of Kantar in 2002 – a complex network of more than 20 specialist research companies (TNS was the most recent addition to the portfolio). In his exclusive chat with MT, Salama's tips include:

- If you’re leading a large organisation, putting the power in the hands of the employees will give them a shared sense of purpose
- Keep repeating your message; a leader can never over-communicate
- The best leaders learn from their mistakes
- Speaking to your young employees will help you learn about your organisation as a whole
- Rather than micro-managing, offer gentle guidance and let your employees do the rest

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, a wide-ranging survey of leadership opinions across the world, and to see interviews with Howard Tollit, Eric Salama, restaurateur Mark Derry, Barbara Stocking of Oxfam and GHG's Adrian Fawcett, register online at:

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