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Creating a new generation of emotionally intelligent, technology-savvy leaders

  • 13 September, 2005 15:29

<p>Medium and large enterprises in Australia increasingly expect IT executives to join other senior executives at the boardroom table and take joint leadership of the overall business – not just its technology needs. It is difficult to find such technology professionals with leadership skills now… and the talent drought will worsen unless new approaches are found to developing the ‘soft’ skills of the next generation of IT managers.</p>
<p>Australia’s leading expert on emotional intelligence, Dr. Ben Palmer, says the need to identify and develop good leaders is growing ever higher as the so-called ‘baby-boomer’ generation begins exiting the workforce. He will be presenting possible solutions to this challenge at the South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation 2005 Conference (SEARCC 2005) in Sydney in September.</p>
<p>At the conference, Dr Ben Palmer will outline the relationship between emotional intelligence and leadership performance within the Australian corporate sector, and how leadership performance can be enhanced by improving leaders’ emotional intelligence via structured executive coaching.</p>
<p>Dr Palmer’s presentation, Developing Leaders with Emotional Intelligence is one of more than 60 sessions from international and local ICT and business leaders scheduled at SEARCC 2005.</p>
<p>SEARCC 2005 Chairman, Kumar Parakala, said the conference, titled ICT: Building Bridges, brings together CIOs and ICT practioners from the South East Asian region to explain their strategic vision for ICT in business and government.</p>
<p>“The ICT: Building Bridges conference is the most important ICT event in Australia in decades,” Mr Parakala said.</p>
<p>“There will be four conference streams, including one focusing on management issues which will look at how business leaders are maximising opportunities for ICT to support and grow businesses in Australia and the South East Asian Region,” he said.</p>
<p>“The other streams focus on education, government and innovation issues and developments.</p>
<p>“Significantly the conference will showcase Australia’s ICT industry to an influential international audience,” Mr Parakala said.</p>
<p>The ICT: Building Bridges Conference, hosted by the Australian Computer Society, will be held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on 28-30 September. It incorporates the South East Asian Regional Computer Confederation annual conference and five other leading ICT events.</p>
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<p>John Back</p>
<p>Kinetics</p>
<p>Ph: 02 9976 6611</p>
<p>john@kinetics.com.au</p>

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