Skills in lead­er­ship

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to the or­gan­i­sa­tion and role you are ap­ply­ing for?

Can you per­form as well as the cur­rent or pre­vi­ous em­ployee who held the role? Do you have the abil­ity to do the job? Are you aware of the sac­ri­fices you are about to make?

Group manag­ing di­rec­tor of Chem­i­cal Com­pany of Malaysia Berhad Leonard Ariff opined that net­work­ing is an im­por­tant skill he looks for when hir­ing C-level lead­ers in an or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“This is not about who you know as op­posed to what you know. Ul­ti­mately, ev­ery in­di­vid­ual cre­ates their own brand. Your brand be­comes more pow­er­ful and de­pen­dent on what you bring to the ta­ble, and the in­cred­i­ble port­fo­lio of net­work­ing that you have,” said Leonard Ariff.

In speak­ing about im­por­tant at­tributes for grad­u­ates to pos­sess, Ariff ex­plained that the abil­ity to be adapt­able and cu­ri­ous ir­re­spec­tive of what hap­pens in the fu­ture will help can­di­dates stand out from nor­mal per­form­ers.

On com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Teh, who is vi­cepres­i­dent of Knowl­edge Man­age­ment at Khaz­anah Na­sional, high­lighted her con­cern about the lack of in­ter­per­sonal skills among the youth, ad­ding that many are be­com­ing pro­gres­sively iso­lated as most of their con­ver­sa­tions are tak­ing place The Monash Malaysia Busi­ness Alumni Chap­ter kicked off the in­au­gu­ral Alumni Speaker Se­ries with Tal­ent Needs of To­mor­row: In­sights into the Malaysian Mar­ket, which fea­tured five pan­elists who shared their tips and ex­pe­ri­ences in an evolv­ing econ­omy. through What­sApp.

“They may have long con­ver­sa­tions on the mes­sag­ing app but are un­able to do so face-to-face and thus have dif­fi­culty net­work­ing.

The School of Busi­ness deputy head Pro­fes­sor Per­vaiz Ahmed ex­plained that in or­der to be­come suc­cess­ful lead­ers in the fu­ture, it is im­por­tant for grad­u­ates to adapt to to­day’s fast-chang­ing busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment.

“It is a very im­por­tant as­pect for you to be able to move with the times and try to keep abreast of the changes that are hap­pen­ing,” he said.

Prof Per­vaiz also high­lighted that it is im­por­tant for us to look at the Malaysian econ­omy and see how it is evolv­ing, in­clud­ing tech­no­log­i­cal changes and so­cial changes. This is so that we can un­der­stand and make those changes as well as build the nec­es­sary skills and com­pe­ten­cies.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.buseco.monash.edu.my.

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