Hong Kong,

Do you have what it takes to lead?

Honesty and good communication skills are top traits of a successful business leader Regus survey reveals

Hong Kong, 10th May, 2016 – A recent Regus survey among business people across the globe into the key traits that make a successful business leader has revealed that honesty and the ability to communicate with others are the must-haves in a successful senior executive’s arsenal.

Almost 40,000 business people globally, including 294 Hong Kong professionals, rated a variety of qualities and traits to help sketch out the portrait of a good leader. The results show that, as well as a strong moral fibre, business leaders need be naturally confident and able to motivate people.

But having the gift of the gab is not enough. Successful bosses also need to show commitment and not shy away from hard graft. Interestingly, ambition, financial competence and technical product knowledge ranked much lower on the list.

Top 5 leadership skills professionals globally and in Asia-Pacific region deem important:

Which of the following traits do you think make a successful business leader? Global Average Hong Kong Singapore India Mainland China Japan South Korea
a) Honesty 2.63 2.49 2.60 2.60 2.30 2.33 2.51
b) Confidence 2.59 2.52 2.58 2.69 2.23 2.08 2.57
c) Good communications 2.63 2.59 2.66 2.64 2.30 2.33 2.65
d) The ability to motivate people 2.51 2.49 2.60 2.57 2.05 2.25 2.48
e) Ability to take risks 2.18 2.24 2.25 2.35 2.11 2.25 2.26
f) Ability to rapidly assess situations 2.41 2.40 2.43 2.41 2.07 2.36 2.59
g) Ruthlessness 1.48 1.65 1.41 1.51 1.47 1.73 1.24
h) Innovative thinking 2.32 2.30 2.38 2.44 1.97 1.93 2.32
i) Ambition 2.14 2.22 2.23 2.40 1.85 1.68 1.95
j) High energy levels 2.28 2.23 2.35 2.47 1.89 1.99 2.22
k) Commitment 2.59 2.56 2.70 2.69 2.36 2.14 2.15
i) Persuasiveness 2.21 2.29 2.31 2.30 1.82 2.21 2.51
m) Financial competence 2.12 2.20 2.18 2.18 1.65 1.58 2.05
n) Technical product knowledge 2.09 1.94 2.14 2.16 1.95 1.80 2.17

image_Eng.png(Regus survey: 2015)

“Being a good leader is something that most workers aspire to, whether they are dealing with a small team and making their way up the ladder one rung at a time, or they are visionary entrepreneurs hoping to make it big. Global business people report that the most successful leaders have a number of strings to their bow and are very well rounded,” said Natina Wong, Country Manager at Regus Hong Kong.

“Not only are good leaders able to communicate well with employees and the outside world so they can share their vision, but they are also able to rally groups of people and motivate them. But being an impassioned speaker is clearly not enough, as business people expect real substance behind the mask and report that honesty and commitment are also key traits of success. A good dose of confidence also does no harm and presumably helps leaders deal with both the ups and downs of businesses.”


About Regus 

Regus is the world’s largest provider of flexible workspace solutions, with a network of 2,800 locations across 106 countries and 977 cities, serving 2.3m members. Our customers include some of the most successful entrepreneurs, individuals and multi-billion dollar corporations.

Through our range of office formats, as well as our growing mobile, virtual office, and workplace recovery businesses, we enable people and businesses to work where they want, when they want, how they want, and at a range of price points.

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