Our studies have shown that GCs are becoming more ambitious, with increasing numbers striving to achieve more for their businesses, themselves and their teams. But they are operating in a changing landscape, as global influences and questions about values – rather than value – come to the fore along with increasing challenges around sustainability. Ethics, risk and reputation management are the new challenges (or opportunities) for GCs.
This requires a particular breed of GC: one who can operate in an international matrix of laws and business practices while maintaining the values of their organisation. Such a GC also needs the skills and techniques to work at the most senior leadership level – something we look at in more depth in our Strategic Business Counsel model towards the end of this report.