Adecco Group Announces Jordan Topoleski, 20, from the United States as 2020 CEO for One Month
ZURICH: Jordan Topoleski, 20, from the United States was named the Adecco Group's 2020 Global CEO for One Month. For the first time, the program was performed fully online.
Following an eight-month selection process involving more than 200,000 applications from 34 countries, Jordan was chosen to spend one month serving alongside the Adecco Group CEO, Alain Dehaze. He will contribute to the day-to-day running of the world's leading HR solutions company and help shape the future world of work.
Beginning in February, this year's CEO for One Month selection process adapted quickly to COVID-19 requirements and used the situation to help young people to think about what it means to lead in challenging times. The process began when 34 talented young leaders of tomorrow were chosen to shadow the Adecco Group's respective country CEOs. Ten finalists were then chosen to take part in the 'virtual global bootcamp' last week, which took them through a series of assessments and exercises to test their abilities and develop their leadership potential. At the close of the bootcamp, Jordan was selected as the Global CEO for One Month.
This year's program comes at a time when sweeping workplace changes are coming in a post-pandemic world of work - especially around the expectations of leaders and what it takes to succeed.
The command and control approach of the past is quickly shifting toward more distributed leadership models. Being a 'high EQ leader' is crucial, with empathy, trust and a focus on wellbeing and culture-building critical. Research from the Adecco Group shows that the pandemic has demanded a new set of leadership competencies and that these expectations will accelerate a reinvention of the modern-day leader
74% of employees want their managers to demonstrate a leadership style focussed on empathy and a supportive attitude
70% of employees say that support for their mental wellbeing will be important to them after the pandemic.
A further study commissioned by the Adecco Group which assessed 'Gen Z' leaders of tomorrow, found that many young people already possess many of the attributes needed to succeed. The report found that in many areas, including deductive reasoning and how world views are processed and applied to a strategic problem, the 'Gen Z' group showed stronger leadership traits than many current business leaders.
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