One of the popular Chinese sayings in the garment manufacturing industry stated, “If you dislike someone, try to persuade him to engage in the garment industry as retribution.” This reflects how the level of difficulty and complexity of the garment manufacturing jobs may impact one’s career.
However, it was also this reason that may have sparkled individuals who are interested in the profession to take the challenge to cope with and overcome the complexity of this business; these individuals eventually would feel being rewarded with self-satisfaction, as a motivation for the effort of making a successful career and/or generating monetary profit for their businesses in this industry.
Who indeed is the person that has created the self-satisfaction that lays a motivation for individuals who could make a career in this industry? Who is that person who has so far contributed to the survival of a traditional but important industry that is still so vital to the economy and society in a lot of countries? That is the CEO, the Chief Executive Officer, the Leader of the organization.
This CEO is not only a talented businessman but also possesses the specific characteristics of an Executive for this special industry – the Garment Industry. We hereby abbreviate this as “ CEO MAY” which means “CEO in the Garment Manufacturing Industry.” Now let’s discuss what personalities a CEO of the Garment Industry should possess to help him survive and bring success to a Garment Manufacturing Enterprise. This discussion is limited to the case of Garment Manufacturing for Exportation.”
A CEO is the Leader of a business enterprise. However, a CEO in a Garment Manufacturing Enterprise possesses some specific skills and experiences from its own Industry, that help him survive the challenges and stress of this business.
Most of the CEOs in the Garment Manufacturing sector have valuable working experiences in this business. No matter what position one has held in the company: a worker in the production line, a clerk in the office, or a member of management, that individual should have the opportunity to work up to the position of a CEO if he/she could prove his/her competency of a successful manager/leader in this field.
Like all other CEOs in other fields, a CEO in a Garment Manufacturing Enterprise should gets high IQ and possesses some in-born skills such as sharp mind for good decision-making, flexibility in leading the enterprise and in adjusting to the changes as the industry evolves along…Some of the most important and common characteristics that one could see in a successful CEO in the Garment Manufacturing Industry are his patience and persistence blended in his vision for a profitable business and strategic plan for the long-term.
Thus, the CEO in a Garment Manufacturing Enterprise is expected to be competent with a good understanding of the nature of the garment manufacturing environment and culture, to be visionary with a defined strategic plan based on the framework of the mission statement of the company, which set directions for building a corporate culture, team spirit, and resources management. He is also expected to show the integrity of respect and trust to his employees’ work and skills, to support and encourage them to strive to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization as a team.
Besides, the CEO not only is the Leader of the enterprise but also a production manager. The Garment Manufacturing processes are based on assembly lines in which the human factor is higher than the equipment one. Thus, a CEO in a Garment Manufacturing company has to resolve the issue of production capacity and quality in an efficient manner while also taking the following two important factors into account – the financial position of the company and import export matters.
With the economy of Viet Nam now on the road of globalization, a CEO in a Garment Manufacturing company has to lead his organization along with this direction in order to survive the competition and stay profitable. Therefore the CEO has to think globally and act locally. This is an important aspect that any executives should consider for the success of their companies as well as the success of their careers in this industry.
With the above discussion on the skills and characteristics of a CEO in a Garment Manufacturing Enterprise, one could see that this individual is viewed as a person with a strong tolerance of stress in managing the daily operations, a person with talented skills in adjusting to the changes of the industry trend. This CEO would not give up any challenges but would confront hardship to achieve the goals the organization has set forth to survive competition . Without these great leaders in the Garment Manufacturing businesses in Vietnam, the industry would not have made the third place in the export revenues after the revenues from rice and coffee exports. Just as what the Chinese used to say:” Anyone who has experienced the operations in the Garment Manufacturing Industry would not have problems in learning and handling the operations of other business fields.”
In the current circumstances of Vietnam today where the country is on the path of joining the world economy, the question is how leaders/executives of the Vietnamese business enterprises should prepare themselves to meet the new demands of a larger and more competitive exposure, the world market. In order to survive and stay profitable in this fierce competition, leaders/executives of business organizations in Vietnam need to be updated and educated with better information and knowledge in running their business organizations to fit in the economy globalization concept– think globally but act locally.
Hence, this mission falls on training schools and institutions like Pace, the Institute of Economy (Vien KinhTe?), and other Universities. We hope the Ministry of Education will support the idea and set directions to educational organizations to provide better quality of education for the training of a generation of outstanding business leaders and executives with world class qualifications.