Corporate Affairs Directors Are Good on Vision but Weak on Detail
The CorpComms article, “Corporate affairs directors are good on vision but weak on detail," featured the firm's research, "Inside the Mind of the Corporate Affairs Director." The article is excerpted below.
Corporate affairs directors can lose support in the boardroom because they are weak in communicating their visions and setting out staging posts and realistic goals as to how these can be achieved, a new report suggests.
They also need to listen more to the contributions of others and to trust and empower their teams.
Inside the mind of a corporate affairs director, which has been produced by Russell Reynolds Associates, has analysed the results of psychometric tests undertaken by 36 leading corporate affairs directors and chief communications officers based in Europe, and compared these to proprietary psychometric data from senior executives.
This analysis reveals that the typical characteristics of a corporate affairs director are those of change agents, people who are comfortable with taking risks and prepared to challenge established procedures, which can often make them a lone voice at the executive table. They value both intuition and experience in their decision-making and like to take the initiative.
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