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Identity Matters in Leadership: Egon Zehnder's THE FOCUS Explores How Great Leaders Master Transformation for Themselves and for Their Organizations

  • September 2015

LONDON, September 14, 2015 – Egon Zehnder, a global leader in executive search and leadership advisory services, today released the 26th edition of its leadership magazine, THE FOCUS. The annual issue explores leadership through the lens of identity – reflecting the growing awareness that – far beyond skill sets and past performance – character and personality are key for great leadership.

“Identity is not set in stone. It is forever fluid, imbued with the ability to adapt and attain personal growth, keeping pace with changing environments and inherent challenges,” says Damien O’Brien, Egon Zehnder’s Chairman and Publisher of THE FOCUS. “It is increasingly clear that what matters most in leadership is the human element,” he adds. “The ability to engage, inspire, and persuade others is central to effecting positive change.”

The issue features articles and in-depth interviews with senior leaders from diverse industries and backgrounds. The first articles and videos to appear online include conversations with three CEOs: Marissa Mayer of Yahoo!, the LEGO Group’s Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, and Rosewood Hotel Group’s Sonia Cheng. Also featured is a dialogue between Jillian Ellis, World Cup-winning head coach of the US Women’s National Soccer Team, and the CEO of The New York Times Company, Mark Thompson, about the thrill of competition.

Business leaders today face increased complexity and persistent unpredictability; how they lead and react to change defines their success. “Great leaders not only embrace this voyage of self-discovery and personal growth, they also accept the challenge of shaping and reshaping the identities of the organizations they lead – to achieve lasting impact in a disruptive world,” adds O’Brien.

Alongside the print edition of the magazine, companion videos are available exclusively on Egon Zehnder’s YouTube channel through the In Dialogue With series. THE FOCUS is available on the Egon Zehnder Publications app on the App Store and Google Play store.

About Egon Zehnder
Founded in 1964, Egon Zehnder is a global leader in executive search and talent advisory services with more than 600 consultants in 64 offices across 36 countries. The firm provides senior-level executive search, board search and advisory, CEO succession, family business advisory as well as leadership assessment and development to the world’s most respected organizations. Egon Zehnder’s clients range from large corporations to emerging growth companies, family and private-equity controlled entities, government and regulatory bodies, and major educational and cultural organizations.

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