around Europe may have different cultures and business ethics, but they share a
common view of the traits that make a successful manager.
intellect and business-focus topped the Henley Management College survey, which
looked at 328 organisations in 22 European countries.
findings highlighted a shift towards a more general approval of people skills
and offered pan-European HR departments some reassurance of standard
requirements for managers.
countries that differed most significantly from the accepted view were France,
Slovenia and the Czech Republic, where ‘sensitivity’ was rated lower than in
the majority of other nations.
eight skills identified as critical were:
– Business oriented
– Interpersonal sensitivity
– Sound judgement
– The ability to negotiate and organise
– Problem analysis
– Stress tolerance