When looking for potential employees that would make good leaders for his clients, Mr Francis Koh, managing director of recruitment firm Capita Staffing and Search, looks for one vital trait: humility.
"Only when a person is humble can he lead others and learn from them as well," said the 37-year-old, who added that the trait must also be coupled with the ability to relate to his subordinates.
"He must be able to place himself in other people's shoes and not just talk down to them. Consistency is also important."
The home-grown company provides recruitment services to some 1,000 international companies across Asia, with about 80 per cent of its client base made up of multinational corporations, Singapore-listed companies and government bodies.
It placed about 2,000 workers a year in the last two years.
The firm had started out as a small outfit in 2004 by Mr Koh and his then girlfriend, Ms Victoria Ang, with a $20,000 investment and only one temp staff member.
Ms Ang is now his wife.
It has since grown into a thriving business with 80 staff. Last year, its revenue jumped eight times from five years ago, said Mr Koh.
He shares with My Paper some tips for working professionals.