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Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders Highlights Report

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Leading Into the Next Frontier

Economic, technological, regulatory, and social challenges across global boundaries have come together to form a “perfect storm” of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA). Despite a recent upturn in the economy, the environment in which organizations operate continuously presents new challenges—in uncharted territory—for organizations to navigate.

In the face of this VUCA environment, an unrelenting focus on talent and leadership is how top companies stay on top. In fact, this focus is in their DNA. The outstanding companies identified in the latest iteration of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders study were found to have the edge that supports and enhances leadership—and leads to great organizational performance. We’ve identified what makes up the DNA of top company leaders.

The New Reality 

Top companies...

  • Have self-aware leaders who understand their personal strengths and weaknesses, and use this information to become more effective leaders of others.
  • Build resilience in their leaders through stretch experiences, encouragement and support for taking risks in innovating, learning from failing quickly, and exposure to multiple perspectives and ideas.
  • Identify and build engaged leaders who connect strongly with their people, who connect their teams more strongly with the organization’s purpose and mission, who are both mobilizers and stabilizers, and who are ambidextrous influencers who can appeal as needed both to minds and to hearts.

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