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The Leaders@SAP campaign is a series of personal stories that give you a look at our inspiring leadership at SAP.

This week's story comes from Gonzalo Benedit, COO, SAP EMEA.

"One of my biggest leadership challenges was learning that there’s no shortcut to building a high-performance team.  What I now know is that talent is an important hiring criteria, but what’s essential is actually a desire to impact the organization coupled with an unstoppable attitude.

I’ve also learned that it’s important to take the time to really get to know people, understand what makes them tick and then align them to their strengths.  In doing this, you start to see beyond the parameters of a person’s experience to their real abilities and this is where really cool stuff starts to happen!  You can suddenly see who’ll benefit from being pushed outside of their comfort zone, or how someone with a non-traditional background might fit into a certain role and unlock new potential, both in themselves and within their team.

It isn’t always easy to find the time to connect, but it’s the only sure path to building a winning team. With a winning team, impossible is nothing."

Stay tuned for our next installment of Leaders@SAP!


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