Personal Qualities Trump Business Edge

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    When it comes to the people who lead them, Canadian professionals place a greater emphasis on personal qualities than a hard-driving business edge, says research by Robert Half Management Resources. More than three in five (65 per cent) cite integrity as a top attribute of corporate leaders, while just nine per cent consider competitiveness a primary virtue. This feeling is consistent with the c-suite. Sixty-eight per cent of CFOs report integrity as a top trait of corporate leaders, compared to 28 per cent who say competitiveness. “As workers from the staff level to the executive level agree on the characteristics of a great leader, those at the top of their organizations must develop and exhibit their dedication to these shared values,” says David King, Canadian president of Robert Half Management Resources. “Establishing these principles at an executive level creates a culture of trust amongst teams and promotes a more collaborative approach to reaching common goals.”