DDI Australia has just wrapped up its eleventh consecutive year partnering with the Australian Financial Review BOSS magazine on our “Young Executives of the Year” program.
DDI Australia has just wrapped up its eleventh consecutive year partnering with the Australian Financial Review BOSS magazine on our “Young Executives of the Year” program. This initiative sets out to find six young executives (under 35 years old) with a special set of career skills, initiative and leadership potential that sets them apart from the rest.
Our shortlisted candidates of 10 (out of 85 applications) were interviewed by a panel of senior business leaders and participated in a DDI “day-in-the-life” strategic leadership assessment. Six Young Executives were then selected as our winners having shown a solid understanding of their company’s goals, clear and strong management skills and an interest in the wider world and business community.
Mark Busine, managing director, DDI Australia, says the Boss Young Executives possess the leadership skills and behaviours judged in DDI’s Global Leadership Forecast 2014-2015 as being most critical to success, including retaining and developing talent, managing complexity, leading change, leading with integrity and having an entrepreneurial mindset. This years’ young executive cohort, he says, “demonstrated balance across interpersonal, leadership and business management domains”. But their key capability gap was the need to continue to focus on coaching and developing others.
“While individually they recognise and embrace opportunities for change they need to ensure that they take others on the journey,” he says, “and recognise that others may not immediately identify with and or embrace the need for change.”
Our involvement stems from our genuine belief in the critical role leadership plays in organisations and more broadly in society. It’s a privilege to be involved in such a remarkable initiative that recognises excellence in leadership in Australia.
Check out the great article on our 6 winners, their thoughts on our process and watch a short video teaser on part of the judging process.