You need a new breed of executive with the skills to deliver superior results now, plus the vision to navigate a marketplace that grows more complex every day.

Leadership for the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The industrial sector is in the midst of historic change as cars go driverless, algae are harnessed for fuel and the Internet of Things moves from whiteboard to reality. But the current industrial revolution runs deeper than a new generation of headline-making processes and products. It involves a fundamental shift from an industry with a relatively fixed set of strategies and best practices to one in which companies must continually rethink their business, their culture and their competitive landscape.

The ability of an industrial organization to transform itself and flourish in this new environment depends on having the right leadership: Chief executives who can unite enterprises behind a shared, innovative vision; executive leadership teams that can drive transformation within a capital-intensive environment with stringent safety and reliability standards; and boards that can provide the counsel and support needed to leverage opportunities for innovation and growth while safeguarding shareholder value.

Egon Zehnder helps industrial enterprises understand the changing requirements for today’s leaders and navigate rapidly converging talent pools at a time when industrial firms must successfully compete for talent with Silicon Valley startups as well as with peer organizations engaged in the innovation race. Enterprises looking to structure new functions and businesses within legacy organizations draw on our knowledge of what has worked in other transforming sectors and what types of leaders are best suited to lead these efforts. And our research into executive leadership potential in complex, uncertain environments helps industrial firms select and develop the CEOs and C-suite leaders who can lead the organization through the unknown opportunities and challenges of tomorrow.

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