Using a so-called proprietary assessment tool, developed specifically for the hospitality industry, the global executive search firm analysed ten performance traits of 420 hospitality leaders from around the world including chief executives and managing directors.
The research shows hospitality leaders are typically optimistic, like to explore the unknown, believe in their ability to positively influence outcomes and are good at dealing with change.
Thomas Mielke, HVS Executive Search associate director and author of the report, said they also tended to like a challenge and were task-oriented. "An overview of the skill sets, behaviours, abilities and character traits that are highly likely in a leader of a hospitality organisation gives us a real insight when it comes to recruiting successors that are a good personality match for a company."
"This technique, used as a part of our complete recruitment process, also enables us to identify the type of person who is likely to succeed as a future leader of this sector," he added.