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    • Personal Branding Survey Ref: 0071Revealed: The top three skills needed tobuild a personal brandThursday, 12 July 2012Michelle HammondNegotiation skills, networking and leadership development are considered the three mostvaluable skills required to build an individual’s personal brand, according to a new survey.The personal branding survey – conducted by the Australian Institute of Management Victoria &Tasmania, and Image Group International – involved 1,023 Australian businesspeople.The survey found 38% of businesspeople regarded their personal brand as average or worsethan average, while only 5% of survey participants said their personal brand was excellent.Women are much more likely than men to have a negative view of their personal brand – 45%of women rated their brand as average or below, compared to just 35% of men.However, 93% of those surveyed said their personal branding skills were either important orvery important in shaping how they were viewed by work colleagues.Susan Heron, chief executive of AIM VT, says it’s a “real concern” that so many businesspeopledon’t rate their personal brand more highly.“Employers can’t maximise profits and performance if managers and team members don’t haveconfidence in who they are at work and what they can bring to the job,” Heron says.“The survey findings confirm that personal branding has emerged as a business performanceissue. It’s an area that organisations need to focus on and invest in.”“Evaluating your personal branding skills must be on your to-do list.”Unfortunately, chief executives did not fare well in the survey findings. Almost one-third ofsurvey participants rated their CEO’s personal branding skills as average or worse thanaverage.“The survey findings [should serve as] a warning to CEOs to make sure they don’t have anoverly inflated view of their personal brand,” Heron said.The top three skills that build an individual’s personal brand: For further information on this handout and the consulting and coaching programs available please contact: Image Group International Asia Pacific Head Office T: (+61 3) 9824 0420 E: info@imagegroup.com.au www.imagegroup.com.au ©2012 1 of 2
    • 1. Negotiation skillsNegotiation skills were rated by survey participants as the personal branding skill they needmost in order to boost their careers (selected by 60% of participants).According to Jon Michail, chief executive of Image Group International, businesspeople need tostep up their negotiation skills if they are going to compete in the Asian century.“Negotiation skills generally in Australia are not that well regarded,” Michail says.“When people are overly easygoing, they can become complacent in business… [However, the]‘she’ll be right, mate’ attitude will not work in the year 2012 and beyond.”“If you want to maximise your value, learn how to negotiate… In life, you don’t get what youdeserve; you get what you negotiate.”2. Networking skillsSecond on the must-have list of skills that build an individual’s personal brand was networkingskills (59%), while sales and customer service was considered the least important skill.Michail says networking skills are valuable, but businesspeople need to remember “actionspeaks louder than the language of spin”.3. Leadership developmentLeadership development was rated by respondents as the third most important personalbranding skill (53%), followed by presentation (53%), and creative thinking and problem solving(52%).Leadership development refers to any activity that enhances the quality of leadership within anindividual or organisation. For further information on this handout and the consulting and coaching programs available please contact: Image Group International Asia Pacific Head Office T: (+61 3) 9824 0420 E: info@imagegroup.com.au www.imagegroup.com.au ©2012 2 of 2