Vision & leadership more important than having a beer-buddy
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TORONTO, April 15 /CNW/ - For Hire: A Prime Minister for Canada who has
vision and leadership, is an excellent communicator and a strong role
model, is results-driven, and has a track record of success. Political
experience is important. Being a good person to share a beer with, nice
to have, but not a requirement.
Online career resource Monster.ca conducted a national poll by
Harris/Decima asking Canadians to think of the Prime Minister as the
CEO of Canada, and to identify the qualifications they felt were most
important to them. The poll revealed:
nine out of 10 Canadians (89%) felt vision and leadership is the most
the least important qualifications: being a consensus builder (67%) and
customer-service focused (66%)
nearly three quarters (73%) of those polled said having a long political
career is an important consideration
"At Monster, we're good listeners. And what we're hearing from Canadians
is that they want a leader who has vision and leadership, who is
strategic and who has a clear goal for the country and our future --
qualities you'd expect a CEO to have in such an important role," says
Mike Jackson at Monster.ca.
Canadians split over beer
Canadians were basically split down the middle on whether it is
important to be able to sit down and have a beer or coffee with the
Prime Minister. "Canadians clearly prefer leadership and experience
over the softer skills like being a good person to talk to over a
coffee or beer," says Jackson. Even so, while most Canadians will never
have a beer with the PM, half (51%) still consider it an important
quality when evaluating who to vote for.
Less important than being a good person to have a beer with was
tweeting: 43% of Canadians feel it's important for their Prime Minister
to be an active tweeter.
Clear vision, strategy, goals tops
"Monster fills thousands of senior level positions every year, in both
the private and public sector," says Jackson. "Canadians recognize this
is a serious job that requires important skills, skills not unlike
those that would be required of a CEO."
Nearly a third (31%) of Canadians polled said the leader should be
strategic; that they could see there as a plan and where it is
leading. The number one question Canadians would ask if they could
conduct the job interview: "what is your vision for the country and for
Experience definitely an asset
"Relevant experience is always crucial in the business world, and
Canadians are telling us that being a lifelong politician is a valuable
or desirable attribute for the country's top public servant," says
Jackson. "Career politician doesn't appear to be a bad label to
Canadians." Interestingly, 83% of Conservatives think having a long
political career is important, while 65% of Liberals and 77% of NDPers
said the same.
Vote for PM; but vote for CEO?
Prime Ministers get voted in, but CEOs? When asked if employees should
be able to vote for their CEO every four years, Canadians were split:
47 per cent said yes, 47 per cent said no.
"The job for Prime Minister ultimately rests in the hands of the
Canadian electorate. By showing Canadians that the election is like one
giant job interview, Monster wants to encourage everyone who is
eligible to get out and VOTE on May 2."
Rick Mercer for PM?
For fun, Monster asked what Canadians -- outside of those currently
campaigning -- would be best for the job. Nearly a quarter (22%) said
Rick Mercer, followed by Canada's most recent CEO of the Year Ed Clark
of TD Bank at 16%. Hockey legend Don Cherry received 11% of the vote
and hockey great Sydney Crosby came in at 10%. Teen singing sensation
Justin Bieber got a mere 1% of the vote (likely because his
constituency isn't yet eligible to vote, nor is he).
This Monster poll was conducted by Harris/Decima via teleVox, the
company's national telephone omnibus. A total of 1,002 Canadians were
surveyed from March 31st to April 3rd, 2011. Results are accurate to
within +/- 3.1% 19 times out of 20.
Monster Worldwide Canada Inc. is a subsidiary of Monster Worldwide, Inc., the world's leading online
careers and recruitment resource. Monster provides powerful tools to
help public and private sector organizations connect with the best and
brightest candidates in the world.
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