Managing People and Teams - Interested working with and through others on a day-to-day basis to accomplish concrete business goals. Enjoys leading teams, and prefers line management to staff roles.
Theory Development and Research - Interested in high-level abstract thinking about business issues, and the theory (as well as the practice) of business strategy. Enjoys doing in-depth research.
Quantitative Analysis - Prefers solving business issues by "running the numbers." Enjoys building computer models, doing financial and market research analysis.Motivators
Motivated by organisations that command a great deal of prestige in its field. Positions that offer considerable autonomy and independence. A great deal of variety in the nature of the work performed.Skills
- Good at working with, and through, other people. Understands people and how to motivate them. A good team member, as well as team leader. Engenders others' trust. A skillful negotiator.
- Ability to teach - Clear and patient when explaining things.
- Self-control - Does not act or speak impulsively; does not easily lose composure.
- Ability to compromise - Able to compromise when the situation calls for it.
- Listening Skills - Listens to other people in a way that they feel understood.
- A persuasive communicator, able to "tailor" arguments to different audiences. Skilled at building relationships, networking and motivating others. Not easily embarrassed, and willing to risk failure if necessary. Able to make difficult leadership decisions.
Assertiveness - Able to defend a point of view and to confront others appropriately when necessary.
- Leadership confidence - Comfortable taking a leadership role.
- Conflict Tolerance - Able to be effective in an environment where strong and opposing views are being expressed.
- Skilled at identifying the essential elements involved in a business situation, as well as analysing them (both logically and quantitatively) to arrive at a decision. Able to be both objective and flexible in generating and evaluating ideas.
- Decisiveness - Able to make decisions even in ambiguous situations and without full information.
- Quantitative Analysis - Skillful using quantitative analysis to understand business issues.
- Written Communication - A good writer, expresses ideas and positions clearly.
- Critical Thinking - Able to think critically (define a problem and determine the information needed to solve it; understand unspoken assumptions; form and test hypotheses; and judge the validity of conclusions).
- Skilled at accomplishing concrete goals at work (either independently or by delegating to others).
- Pragmatic and practical. Able to juggle many tasks and reliably produce results.
- Work Ethic - Has a strong work ethic, willing to make sacrifices to achieve important goals.