Young ex­ec­u­tives look at how to deal with chal­lenges that lie ahead

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The Young Ex­ec­u­tives Ses­sion, of­fi­cials un­der 40, dis­cussed how Lead­er­ship Process”.

The dis­cus­sion sought to ex­am­ine what the chal­lenges, set­backs and turn­ing points faced by the young pro­fes­sion­als are as well as the pro­file of a young leader. The pan­el­lists ad­dressed the top­ics raised by draw­ing per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences and shared these with the au­di­ence.

It was sug­gested that the young pro­fes­sion­als, in or­der to es­tab­lish them­selves as young lead­ers, need to be pas­sion­ate about their pro­fes­sion and du­ties, be mo­ti­vated at­tended by se­nior to “Chal­lenge the by cu­rios­ity to ex­pe­ri­ence some­thing dif­fer­ent, in­vest time, par­tic­i­pate in or­gan­i­sa­tions, grab op­por­tu­ni­ties and take risks.

As mile­stones and turn­ing points, ref­er­ence was made to the val­i­da­tion and recog­ni­tion that the tar­gets have been fi­nally reached, the gain­ing of ac­cep­tance es­pe­cially by se­nior lead­ers and the es­tab­lish­ment of one’s self as the goto per­son. Chal­lenges to the young leader were seen to be ac­cep­tance and recog­ni­tion, the build­ing and man­age­ment of re­la­tion­ships, coach­ing and re­quired ex­per­tise.

Fi­nally the young leader’s pro­file and char­ac­ter­is­tics were ex­ten­sively dis­cussed and it was com­monly con­cluded that a young leader should be am­bi­tious, pas­sion­ate, emo­tion­ally in­tel­li­gent, in­no­va­tive, in­tu­itive, con­fi­dent, loyal, adap­tive to change and a risk taker where nec­es­sary.

The mod­er­a­tor of the dis­cus­sion was Despina Panayiotou – Theo­dosiou, Pres­i­dent of the Women’s In­ter­na­tional Ship­ping and Trad­ing As­so­ci­a­tion – WISTA Cyprus, while the pan­el­lists in­cluded Gi­ulio Tirelli, Di­rec­tor, Port­fo­lio & Ap­pli­ca­tion, Wärt­silä Italia S.p.A; Stella Kaza­mias, HR Man­ager, In­teror­i­ent; and hilip­pos Iou­lianou, Chair­man, YoungShip Cyprus.

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