Focus: Business leadership skills in the fourth industrial revolution

With large-scale automation imminent, it is estimated that by 2030, at least one-third of activities in 60% of occupations could be automated.1 These changes will not only affect blue-collar industries but also many white-collar professions, including the professional accountant’s role. Professional accountants often find themselves operating in a ‘business leader’ capacity and even these executive…

Focus: How Functional Leaders Become CEOs

Holding a functional leadership role isn’t the most direct route to becoming a CEO. Fewer than 15% of the CEOs in a data set we’ve been scrutinising for more than a year ascended to the corner office after serving as a functional leader such as chief financial officer, chief marketing officer (CMO), chief strategy officer,…

Focus: What makes a successful CEO?

The global workforce is undergoing a seismic shift: in four years, millennials – the people born between 1977 and 1997 – will account for nearly half the employees in the world. In some companies, they already constitute a majority. That shift may sound daunting to the managers charged with coaching these young workers, who have…