Culture of leadership drives progress at Hays

Any company going places needs skilful, effective leaders and a results-orientated attitude. Hays’ global management team is working with Pearn Kandola to ensure it’s ready and able to capitalise on the huge business opportunities ahead.

This is an exciting time for Hays, the world’s sixth-largest recruitment business. It is well-established in the UK and has a rapidly-expanding international presence with offices in 25 countries. The company is focused on growing into new markets while delivering the service quality that has traditionally given it an edge over competitors.

An important part of this strategy is Hays Advance, a Pearn Kandola programme that evaluates and develops senior managers around the globe.

“We want a culture where leadership development is a must-have, rather than a nice-to-have, and is truly embedded within the organisation. With Pearn Kandola’s help we’ve homed in on the individual leadership and market challenges facing directors in different parts of the organisation all over the world, pulling out innate ability and giving them access to the knowledge and skills that will help them meet their goals,” said Kathy Morris, Group Head of Leadership Development.

At a professionally-hosted launch event, 80 directors came together to listen to the business rationale for leadership development, to network and share best practice.

They could attend any one of the nine development workshops held around the world.

Activities were tailored to support them in achieving their five-year business plans. They included diagnostic work giving them an insight into their abilities and leadership style; stimulating business exercises geared to their particular backgrounds; and guidance on coaching high-achieving teams and the psychology involved in leading change.

Once directors are set up to deal with changes and transitions, they handle their own development with telephone support from Pearn Kandola. In keeping with Hays’ goal of ongoing improvement, it’s known as the leadership programme with a start and a middle but no end.

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