For 30 years our executive search firm has been in the business of assessing leaders along two broad dimensions: potential and competence. One key conclusion? You can’t have either without curiosity.
Although we have found that high potentials also need insight, engagement, and determination, curiosity—defined as a penchant for seeking new experiences, knowledge, and feedback and an openness to change—is perhaps most important. In fact, in analyzing exactly how leaders develop, we’ve found that curiosity—which we assess on a four-point scale, from emerging to extraordinary, using interviews and reference checks—is the best predictor of strength in all seven of the leadership competencies we measure.
We’ve also found that executives with extraordinary curiosity are usually able, with the right development, to advance to C-level roles.
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The Secrets of Strong Family BusinessesIn this HR webinar Claudio discusses what family businesses must do to remain healthy and viable over the long term, providing examples and case studies from across the globe as well as actionable recommendations to increase your family business’s chances of long-term success.