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The mark of a leader



In a turbulent world wherein the rate of disruption is quickening, these companies have developed the capability to transform at will while growing their core business. It is no accident that they are as adept at innovation as they are at operational excellence. They have leaders with an unusual skill-set. These are among the key findings in Hay Group's eighth annual 'Best Companies for Leadership' survey. In the largest global survey project of its kind, more than 18,000 qualified individuals in 2,200 organisations rated their own companies' leadership practices and then nominated three global firms they most admire in terms of leadership. From the research data, Hay Group has identified the top 20 'Best Companies for Leadership' in the world.

The top 20 'Best Companies for Leadership' exhibit an ability to innovate while being operationally excellent, even in tumultuous times when they must steer the organisation through an increasingly disruptive business environment.These leaders exhibit exceptional levels of emotional intelligence and cognitive competencies. They are able to flex their use of power, influence and leadership style; making instantaneous switches in their approach, so that they can attend to operational issues or areas of innovation as the situation demands. The 'Best Companies for Leadership' pay particular attention to employee engagement. To mould leaders of the future, they create opportunities at all levels for people to develop their leadership capabilities, thus actively managing a pool of successors for mission-critical roles.

And the global top 20 best companies for leadership are:
  1. Procter & Gamble
  2. Microsoft
  3. General Electric
  4. Coca-Cola
  5. Unilever
  6. IBM
  7. Wal-Mart
  8. McDonald's
  9. Telefonica
  10. Facebook
  11. Intel
  12. Samsung
  13. 3M
  14. Nestle
  15. Siemens
  16. Oracle
  17. Citigroup
  18. Caterpillar
  19. Toyota
  20. Ford Motor

The traits of companies with great leadership:

  • They actively recruit from cultural minorities;
  • Everyone at every level has the opportunity to develop and practise the capabilities needed to lead others;
  • They provide 360-degree feedback to assess and provide feedback on leadership attributes, skills, and traits;
  • They provide mentoring by senior executives;
  • They view employees in new start-up or innovation areas as having equal importance to those driving operational improvement;
  • They use rewards to stimulate collaboration across business units to develop new lines of business;
  • They provide incentives to encourage operational efficiency;
  • Their leaders are advocates for environmentally-responsible business practices;
  • The company uses CSR to recruit employees.

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