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Top Challenges facing Business Leaders in the 21st Century.
When it comes to successful
leadership, attributes like vision, communication, integrity, and curiosity
never go out of style. Today, executives also must be able to build strong
teams in the face of recruiting and retention challenges, keep up with the latest
technology, and demonstrate strong business acumen.
Those at the helm of their
organizations need these skills, among others, to navigate the business
environment, which recent research suggests is increasingly difficult to do. In
a Robert Half Management Resources
survey, 66 percent of chief financial officers (CFOs) said it’s more
challenging to be a company leader today than it was five years ago.
“Emerging trends, from the
accelerated pace of change and disruptive innovations to dispersed workforces
and regulatory compliance demands, have intensified the pressures facing
company leaders,” said Paul McDonald, senior executive director for
Robert Half. “Today’s leaders must be proficient in their chosen field, but
also current on big-picture issues facing their industries and organizations.”
The good news? Employees are on
management’s side; in the survey, 87 percent of workers said they are confident in
their company leaders. "Professionals understand how challenging managing
a department or company can be and respect the work of their supervisors,”
Here are some of the top challenges
facing business executives today and some tips to help leaders meet
those demands head-on:
1. The need for
Not too long ago, many company
executives operated in silos: They were the experts in their division, but they
didn’t often get involved in the work of other departments. Today, however,
leaders must take a broader organizational view. For example, many CFOs have
seen their responsibilities extend beyond finance into
human resources, information technology, and operations.
Fostering strong relationships with
coworkers outside your department can be invaluable when it comes to learning
about other areas of the firm; successful leaders make sure they participate in
interdepartmental committees and projects. Holding high-level management
positions in professional organizations can also help executives get a broader
perspective of typical organizational structures and procedures.
2. The demand for
Because in-demand professionals have
more opportunities today, it’s harder to recruit and retain top performers. In
addition, managers frequently must oversee staff in several locations, which
makes it even more challenging to motivate employees.
This is where successful leaders tap
into their strong communication skills, clearly explaining to each employee his
or her career path and role in the company’s mission, then supporting employees
as they build their leadership skills and prepare for greater responsibilities.
Savvy leaders also seek feedback on their communication style from mentors,
fellow managers, and even staff, and follow through on the best suggestions.
Managers now have access to extensive
databases filled with information that can greatly enhance their
decision-making, but the amount of data they’re presented with on a daily basis
can be overwhelming. The strongest leaders know how to extract the most
valuable information and transform it into strategic guidance — and how to
bring in highly skilled business analysts who can help them do so.
4. Change — and
Once, in the not-so-distant past,
firms understood at least the basics of their competitors’ business models,
because most companies operated in a similar way. Today, however, firms are
introducing new business models all the time. What’s more, technology seems to
be changing every minute.
That’s why it’s crucial for managers
to stay on top of industry trends and remain open and adaptable to change.
Successful leaders regularly read the top industry blogs, subscribe to newsletters,
follow industry leaders on Twitter, and join relevant groups on LinkedIn.
Keeping up to date with technology trends can require training; it’s a good
idea for executives to take external courses and participate in in-house
professional development programs.
Simply put, it’s clear that today’s
business environment is constantly evolving, and executives face new pressures
every day. To help their firms remain competitive, managers need to invest time
and effort into improving and refining their leadership skills.
But one thing remains consistent:
Leaders can’t achieve their goals without building a talented, engaged team. As
McDonald says: “Successful executives engage their employees, help them build
their leadership skills, and work to grow the business together.”
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