We posed a seemingly simple question on a number of LinkedIn communities – describe in one word what makes an effective leader. Clearly a hot topic, it received over 1400 responses, each as varied and valid as the next. Interestingly, a mere five words accounted for almost 35% of responses!

International research from KPMG shows that the most successful companies have developed cultures where innovation is seen as everyone’s responsibility rather than a top-down process. Successful companies appear to innovate profitably and repeatedly, as if it was ingrained into the way they operate.

Imagine that you've just hired a new team member to work on an important project. Jim was a star employee in his last organisation, and now he's joined your team.
Unfortunately, Jim is having a hard time learning some of the new skills he needs.

Think of how often you communicate with people during your day. You write emails, facilitate meetings, participate in conference calls, create reports, devise presentations, debate with your colleagues… the list goes on.

Employers in the Asia-Pacific region rank as the most demanding in the world – with 94% of Chinese workers, 93% of Malaysian workers and 85% of Hong Kong workers stating their employers are demanding more of them now than five years ago. Australia comes in right behind at 84%.

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