"DNA, Stress & Retentions" extract from the report discuss the findings from the survey looking at facts and figures that suggest ..... Martines Executives are not superhuman!
What exactly is the most important attribute that a successful maritime executive needs in their DNA? The report has highlighted the importance of experience but it is more than just that.
The answers from executives to this question highlighted a range of softer skills and personal attributes which a good executive will have. Focus, understanding, creativity, attitude, positivity, commitment, persistence, flexibility, problem-solving and patience were all commented on as vital attributes.
“Maritime executives are not superhuman so the likelihood of an executive having all of these attributes in abundance is unrealistic. To get to the bottom of this we asked executives, on a rating scale, which they believed to be the most important in order to be an excellent senior executive. Resilience came out as the clear winner (55%), followed by entrepreneurial (35%) and popularity (14%). Any up and coming executive or someone at sea looking to be an executive in the future should take note of this.
” With resilience comes the question of stress. The fact is that the industry, during good and bad times, is high stress. Business leaders are under pressure nearly all of the time and this is shown with the survey data. 45% believe maritime to be more stressful than working in other sectors, 53% equally as stressful and just 1% less stressful.
“It raises the question of whether maritime executives are in danger of getting burnt out, but this has not been the case for the last one hundred years so I do not expect this to change anytime soon.
” For executives, the maritime industry is stressful, demanding and volatile but will this lead to retention issues? We already know that 41% of the executives we surveyed would look to change jobs within the next two years, but is maritime in danger of losing talent altogether?
“What the results show is that executives love the industry. Only 17% would consider leaving maritime. Executives are passionate about what they do and it is clear that maritime runs through their blood. On the whole, they could walk into executive positions in other industries, and those industries would be lucky to have them but their feet are firmly on the ground. For executives, maritime truly is a special sector to work in."
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