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Association of Executive Recruiters focuses on leadership qualities

Association of Executive Recruiters focuses on leadership qualities
The Association of Executive Recruiters, the group within the Recruitment and Employment Confederation that focuses on the executive search market, recently held its first meeting of the year, which explored the concept of leadership.
Penny de Valk, Chief Executive of the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), was the guest speaker, and her presentation questioned the key qualities of a successful leader. Drawing on a recent report produced by the ILM, Penny acknowledged that whilst the terms whole package and natural leader are often cited as desired qualities in business leaders, particular skills, knowledge and experience are also essential.
Individuals with the ability to inspire and motivate, and those with high levels of self awareness are particularly highly value, Penny explained. 
She continued, The catch is most leaders arent born, they are made. Professional experience, investment in education and development, as well as a level of self confidence established through previous successes and failures, all contribute to the chemistry of what a good leader looks like.
Commenting on the meeting, David Winterburn, AER Chair said:
As talent spotters, its essential that we as head-hunters question the very essence of the quality that is most commonly sought for our placements. In order to provide a rigorous and quality service to our clients, we need to stay ahead of the game, so hearing from experts such as Penny de Valk is essential.
He concluded:The debate that Pennys discussion stimulated was a welcome addition to a meeting that also focussed on the Lord Davies review and current labour market trends. We look forward to working with her in the future on issues surrounding leadership.


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