As she takes on the global role of chair of IIC Partners, one of the world’s largest executive search networks, Ruth Curran FCCA explains how she got to the top.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that every organisation must be in search of a leader at some point. What is usually far less clear is where this leader will come from. It’s one of the perennial challenges of executive search and one that executive search firm MERC Partners has dedicated some 35 years to resolving. Far from being a one-off issue, emerging when a chief or C-level position becomes vacant, the quest for leadership is an enduring one, if not the single biggest talent issue facing businesses around the world today, according to Ruth Curran FCCA, managing partner of MERC Partners. ‘In a recent global survey we conducted, leadership was rated by 42% of respondents as the skill most lacking in organisations,’ she says.