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Management graduates with political skills gain advantage

Published: Thursday, 30 August 2007   Category: Professional & financial services

Graduates hoping to succeed in management will have to have a high level of political skill, a new study has claimed.

According to research by the Chartered Management Institute and Warwick Business School, the ability to forge partnerships is becoming more important to enteprise leaders.

Figures show that the business leaders of 2012 will need to prioritise the forging of partnerships, their influence over regulators and governors and negotiation skills.

And today's managers admit that they need to work on these vital abilities as they increase in importance. Just one per cent of current business leaders consider their political skill to be excellent and only 18 per cent claimed that there talents were average.

Explaining the need for a strong political mindset, Jo Causon at the institute, said: "In a dynamic business environment, the shift to external partnership-building is good news for UK business.

"Increasingly, how good an individual is at using their political skills, with employees and external audiences will determine personal, and business, success."

Meanwhile, investment banks have continued to increase their intake of graduates - employing 13.5 per cent more university leavers in 2007 than in 2006.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18262598-ADNFCR

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