After asking many executives what characteristics made a successful leader, I created a list of the 20 top answers. Are you following all 20? And with the right experiences can all executives learn to be leaders?

1. Ethical and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) - leadership sets the standards and culture for ethical behavior.

2. A Leader is there to serve - A truly successful leader understands that you are there to serve your team, not to be served.

3. A vision of commitment to the organization - Leadership is about creating a vision that inspires those who work for and around you to participate actively in key goals, objectives and the overall mission.

The ownership of developing one’s career rests more with the individual than with the employer. Although there are occasions when the employer initiates a move and provides exciting opportunities to high performing executives or those with unique expertise and skills, it is wise for the individual to initiate these opportunities. Senior Executives should evolve their career management strategy by assessing the surrounding environment and match potential opportunities or directions with career aspirations and needs. Assuming a passive role and expecting natural events to direct the best paths can only be construed as leaving control of one’s destiny entirely to others!

New Survey from BlueSteps.com Shows 55% of Senior Executives Unsatisfied with their Work-Life Balance
In April 2010 BlueSteps surveyed over 800 global senior executive members to discover the latest attitudes to work-life balance (The Economist Intelligence Unit assisted with the development of survey questions). Of those surveyed, over half reported that they currently do not have a satisfactory work-life balance – the highest dissatisfaction figure recorded since the survey began in 2006.

The global economic crisis has led to customers downgrading their purchases in terms of both quantity and quality, and are asking harder questions about how your product or service is truly differentiated from others. In ordinary business situations, and especially during economic downturns, the power of a brand can truly never be underestimated in answering this basic consumer need.

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The Pace of change
Asia is changing pretty fast. The region has an ageing population but also a relatively young one. As GDP growth picks up and lifestyle changes continue, there are indeed an increasing number of market opportunities in Asia. Managing headquarters expectations about “markets of billions” (China and India) will become an even bigger challenge for regional executives. Demands for higher margins and pressures on selling, general and administrative costs are likely to increase.

In order to gain an insight into the executive search market in Spain, we asked Luis Truchado, partner at EuroGalenus and Penhryn International, for some brief comments about the past, present and future.
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BlueSteps: What happened to executive search in Spain during the Recession of 2008-2009?

Executives, once at that exclusive and illustrious level, no longer have the luxury of applying for a job through the regular means which were available to them during the earlier part of their careers: an ad in the paper, or on an online job board, or just randomly approaching target employers by mailing a CV. At senior and executive levels, individuals seeking a change need to reconsider the usual push strategy and employ a more drawn out, pull strategy and this requires a switch in mindset that they have to get acquainted with.

Ever since Goldman Sachs coined “BRIC”, and China/India/Brazil etc. continued to grow during the worldwide economic crisis, many Multinational Corporations (MNCs) have asked themselves the same question: “are we doing enough to ride the emerging market curve?” The usual approach is to set up a “white space” team, hire a few local managers and hope for a strong investment proposal that they can put their capital behind. For the purpose of focus, these 5 insights, suggestions and watchouts have been tailored to help MNCs enter a previously untapped emerging market.

Manufacturing Executive Career Forecast

BlueSteps recently spoke to three noted experts who specialize in retained searches for manufacturing executives, to gain their insights into developments within this sector, and their outlook for 2010. Find out how executive job opportunities in manufacturing are on the rise, and how to remain visible to executive recruiters and search consultants.

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Quckly improve your LinkedIn profile with 5 key tips from Louise Kursmark, Director of BlueSteps Executive Career Services (BECS), for anyone wishing to leverage the power of their LinkedIn profile:

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