by Ashley Curtis on July 2, 2012

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Strategic vision and team building are top skills, claims survey

Having a strategic vision has been highlighted as the most important skill when trying to run a business.

That’s according to a survey by The Leadership Team, cited by hrmagazine.co.uk, which suggests that building a strong team and sustaining focus are also key skills when leading a business.

The survey of 600 business leaders also asked the respondents what they felt they were best at, with 41 per cent stating strategy. Furthermore, 31 per cent opted for managing people, 14 per cent said sales, 10 per cent marketing and just four per cent said financial management.

As a result, sustaining focus and the creation of a strong team could be the key attributes firms are looking for when it comes to jobseekers. Therefore applicants looking for the top market research jobs, for example, should highlight their key attributes in order to land the best positions.

Asked who they admired most in business, 25 per cent said Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson – while eight per cent cited former Tesco boss Sir Terry Leahy.

Jerry Hopkins, founder of The Leadership Team, commented on the figures on inspires.co.uk: “It is also clear that business owners believe that having a strong vision, being able to maintain focus in difficult conditions and building a strong team around them will be hugely important in determining just how successful they are over the coming years.”