The debate about whether leaders are born or made never gets too old. Like Dr. Daniel Goleman, who first brought the term “emotional intelligence,” once said, identifying individuals with the “right stuff” to be leaders is more art than science. After all, the personal styles of superb leaders vary: some leaders are subdued and analytical; others shout their manifestos from the mountaintops. However, business leaders need more than analytical skills to succeed in the post-pandemic era. A leader is not just a leader anymore. They must be a strategic executor, tech-savvy humanists, traditioned innovators, globally-minded localists, and the list goes on.
In this issue of CXO Outlook, we introduce a group of outstanding business leaders who are humble heroes balancing their vision with execution. Carlos Santos, featured on the cover, is an award-winning entrepreneur and a financial instruments specialist. He is currently the CEO and Chairman of Ethos Group, where he runs the Group in 72 countries and eight global offices and is directly involved in two business areas of the company: financial trading and project financing. Similarly, we have featured stories of Aditya K Mehta(President & CFO, Orion Group), Ivan J. Dsouza (CEO, Bioviser Inc.), Michael Whitehead (Managing Partner, Carpe Diem Global Partners®), and Siva G Subramanian (Associate Vice President – Global Head of Data & Analytics SBU, Searce Inc). They have succeeded in this new era of value creation by working alongside people with different backgrounds and ways of thinking.
We have also onboarded experts like Annemarie Cross (Founder, Industry Thought Leader Academy & Ambitious Entrepreneur Podcast Network), Alvian Zulkhaizar (Data and AI Specialist, IBM Indonesia), Paolo Sironi (Global Research Leader Banking and Financial Markets, IBM Institute for Business Value), Shona Hirons (Global Corporate Burnout Expert & Director, Mindset in Motion Ltd), Sime Curkovic (Supply Chain Professor, Western Michigan University) and Victoria Tomlinson (Founder & Chief Executive, Next-Up) to share their views and insights with our audience.