The Daily Telegraph, Thu Jan 17 2013
By: Louisa Peacock
The ability to deal with ambiguity is the new “musthave” skill for business chiefs, according to a study by FTSE 100 headhunter. The report claims that the economic and political uncertainties in Europe over the past five years means that the ability to deal with uncertainty and a lack of clarity is now the most important skill for executives.
A separate study suggests that the ability to catch people’s attention and impose ideas on others through “bullying and intimidation” are still a sure fire way to reach the top. “Our findings suggest there are really two ways to top the social ladder and gain leadership – impressing people with your skills or powering your way through old-fashioned dominance,” said Joey Cheng, a researcher at UBC.
According to the researchers, today’s dominant behaviour has evolved from battles for resources and power in our evolutionary past.