Changing environment needs new breed of business leaders

Chief executive Rajeev Vasudeva, at Egon Zehnder’s office in Central, expects the executive recruitment giant’s Asia operation to double over the next 10 years. Photo: May Tse

Tougher regulatory requirements, fast changing technology and volatile investment markets worldwide demand new types of leadership in companies, which pose challenges and opportunities for global headhunters.

Saturday, 15 March, 2014, 5:07am

Leadership matters in the fight for democracy

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: Sam Tsang

Dr Benny Tai Yiu-ting of Occupy Central likes to cite Martin Luther King. So it's worth remembering that for King to have succeeded, he needed Lyndon Johnson. This is the second half of the history lesson that is often forgotten. Mandela had De Klerk. Now, perhaps, Aung San Suu Kyi has Thein Sein.

31 May 2013 - 5:34am 17 comments

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Sleep: not so important

While the anti-corruption crackdown on the mainland is causing a degree of pain for those in the restaurant and luxury goods business, it has been good news for another kind of business.

31 May 2013 - 4:41am

Heilongjiang governor Lu Hao heads 'next generation' of leadership

Lu Hao

The overseas edition of People's Daily ran a prominent profile of rising political star Lu Hao yesterday, with analysts saying it was part of a propaganda campaign ahead of his elevation to the next generation of party leadership.

21 May 2013 - 4:06am

The dazzling comeback of China's sent-down youth of yesterday

The dazzling comeback of China's sent-down youth of yesterday

When I interviewed Chinese intellectuals 10 years ago, many believed that the zhiqing generation - the fanatical young people sent to the countryside to learn from peasants during the Cultural Revolution - would be left out of the leadership succession.

11 May 2013 - 2:41am 1 comment

Australian PM says failed coup ‘appalling’

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard (left) along with Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan addresses a press conference in Canberra. Photo: AFP

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday accused her Labor party of self-indulgence after a farcical leadership coup against her, saying she was “appalled” by the events in an election year.

25 Mar 2013 - 2:40pm

Xi Jinping shares his views on being a leader

Xi Jinping leaves for Moscow today on his first overseas trip as head of state. Photo: SCMP

President Xi Jinping shared his ruling philosophy with foreign and domestic journalists this week ahead of his first overseas trip as head of state, citing respect for different perspectives, mental alertness and attention to detail as the top qualities that the leader of a big country should possess.

22 Mar 2013 - 4:07am

Critics underestimate China's strengths

Xi Jinping

China, the world's largest developing economy with a gross domestic product second only to the US, factory to the world as well as its growth engine, is now at a crossroads. Its economic pace has slowed in recent months and it seems the country no longer has any tricks up its sleeve to regain its previous, unprecedented speed.

9 Nov 2012 - 3:14am 2 comments

US must learn how to lead

The debate about US power and purpose glosses over the more important issue - that of leadership.

Any discussion of US foreign policy begins with an understanding and appreciation of American "power" and influence in an evolving and uncertain world. The conversation often starts with the assertion that the US is the "indispensable nation", as President Barack Obama insisted in the candidates' foreign policy debate.

5 Nov 2012 - 2:32am

A good leader needs to 'rock the boat', says Carrie Lam

Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor. Photo: Jonathon Wong

 A good leader needs to “rock the boat” sometimes, Chief Secretary Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told a women’s leadership conference on Friday morning.

2 Nov 2012 - 7:14pm

Lack of political leadership bad for business

The deepening economic uncertainty reflects a lack of confidence in global political leadership. Photo: Reuters

We are in the midst of a protracted global slowdown and there is no sign of improvement," worries one Asian business executive. "The world economy is on the brink," frets another.

31 Oct 2012 - 2:43am

Leung Chun-ying can still be a great leader

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying will serve Hong Kong better if he has the ambition to match. Photo: David Wong

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying would not seem to have much in common with US President Barack Obama beyond opinion polls that show as many people like him as loathe him. Their backgrounds, political style and character are markedly different. But they both took office promising big changes.

30 Oct 2012 - 3:03am

Control factor makes leaders less prone to stress, US study finds

Management consultants say 60 per cent of senior executives experience high stress and anxiety on a regular basis, and a thriving industry of motivational speakers teaches business leaders how to manage their corrosive burden of stress. But just how uneasy lies the head that wears the crown?

Not so uneasy, it turns out.

26 Sep 2012 - 4:10am

Games for leaders

As the world becomes more complex and unpredictable, leadership skills are becoming more highly valued. Many parents are thus looking for opportunities for their children to develop the skills of leadership, largely through participation in organised sporting activities and outdoor adventure programmes.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Win friends and influence people

When Dale Carnegie delivered his first course on public speaking in 1912, he could scarcely have dreamed that it could be so widely diversified and remain so influential in such depth a century later - and beyond.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am