It is believed that to master sport, strategic games like chess and most activities, require consistent practice. And that’s what being a part of the Aspiring Executive Committee (AXC) community does for aspiring leaders – provide opportunities for real-life leadership practice.My First Directorship is licenced to run AXC meetings. AXC is a do-it-yourself leadership development programme, where professionals meet weekly to nurture 7 core executive competencies.
- Strategic orientation: the ability to think about the long-term and beyond a specialist professional area. Skills including business awareness, the ability to critically analyse data, the ability to build a shared vision with others, the ability to develop a detailed action planetc
- Commercial orientation: the ability to identify and move towards new business opportunities. For example, assessing risks and seizing the chances to increase profit and revenue, being up-to-date with technological advancements, can design and implement new or cutting edge programs or processes.
- Results orientation: focused on improving the results of the business. This is the ability to champion change initiatives and drive improvement in new and challenging directions, while energizing a whole organisation to support the change.
- Financial orientation: Understands the organisation’s financial processes. Prepares, justifies and administers budgets. Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve the desired results. Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities
- Team leadership: developing the long-term capabilities of others and the organisation as a whole. This involves finding satisfaction in influencing and transforming someone else’s career.
- Collaboration and influence: involves working effectively with and influencing those outside of, your functional area for positive impact on business performance.
- Customer orientation: involves the ability to empathise with customers and the market so you understand the problem they face and what segment of the solution the business aims to satisfy.