Earlier this year the research and analytics company Gartner Talent Neuron analysed over 400 job postings for C-suite executives from 2015 to 2018 from locations around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S. The analysis revealed the top 10 hard and soft skills based on the highest emerging demand for all C-level job titles. The data from the study shows that C-suite executives are increasingly expected to have technical skills such as advanced-tech knowledge in addition to cognitive and social soft skills.

While soft skills such as communication have long been on the must-have list for the C-suite, senior executives today have to have “design thinking” skills. Topping the wish-list, design thinking covers the ability to influence, negotiate and innovate at speed to steer organisations through fast-changing business conditions. Design thinking, along with strategic management and adaptability are all soft skills with the highest growth in demand for C-suite executives. However, there’s also demand for customer relations and sales leadership skills to acquire, retain and sell to customers effectively.

Also increasingly in demand are high-tech “hard” technical skills needed to lead in increasingly digitalised terrain awash in emerging technologies. This is not surprising given that many organisations are integrating emerging technologies more than ever to drive innovation and growth, particularly in the areas of process automation, risk management and data analysis.

Top 10 Emerging C-Suite Hard Skills.


Top 10 Emerging C-Suite Soft Skills.









The Gartner 2019 CEO Survey confirms the breadth of skills that will be expected in high-performing C-suites. When it comes to writing your CV, it’s important to align your unique promise of value to the needs of the target audience, most likely a potential employer. Keyword-rich CV’s, LinkedIn profiles and Cover Letters allow you to share your related expertise by addressing the emerging skills, both hard and soft, and demonstrate where they’ve been applied and to what outcome.

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