I. Being like a ‘sponge’, primed to ‘take in new skills’ and ‘learn from the people around you.’
II. A willingness to learn and adapt to changing environments.
III. Adaptability: the ability to operate in multicultural environments and the openness to learn.
IV. Executives should not only have a high level of intellectual curiosity (staying current on market and economic trends and changing dynamics in business), but also a personal sense if flexibility and adaptability.
V. Staying very focused and honest on where their core strengths are.
VI. An effective executive likes to educate herself commercially, financially, and operationally—regularly so.