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Our mission is to become the leading fully integrated Leadership Solutions Group in China, with regional capabilities and partner presence as well in other key markets globally.

Founded in 2007, with over 32 associates, we help multinational organizations building strong leadership and master digital transformation in China and Asia.

Across our businesses, we support our clients with Executive Search, Leadership Consulting, HR services, and Digital Innovation Consulting.


executive search

leadership consulting


china AND asia market growth

industrial digital innovation

sales force development

growth themes



IoT ONE helps companies manage threats and realize opportunities created by rapid technological change


IoT ONE is known for an intent focus on the business applications of technological change. It evaluates the elements of digital transformation across several knowledge domains, to offer tangible results enabled by proprietary bottom-up research. 



Do you have the information you need to plan and implement your strategy? We provide the information you need to act.


Is your organization able to execute your digital strategy successfully? We run programs to upskill management, build agile teams, and establish digital expert ecosystems.


Can you ideate, build, and deploy digital solutions? We leverage internal and external expertise to validate technical feasibility and commercial viability.


Leadership & HR in China

Change is inevitable for improvement, and change comes hand in glove for any instution who seeks growth. Whether it’d be greater leadership, innovation or competitiveness, Direct HR Group is your partner in change.


Leadership Solutions

Executive Search, Management Assessment, and Change Management.


Across a wide range of industries and practice areas.


Assessment and advisory tools to optimize and develop people, teams and organizations.


Learning and organizational development solutions.

Information Solutions

Insights on China's HR market and compensation.

direct hr group

To improve is to change, and in every organization change starts with its people. Since 2008, Direct HR Group is your partner in change in China



August Leadership was born from a belief that executive search could be better. Putting clients and candidates first. Focusing on relationships not transactions

At August Leadership we solve talent leadership challenges. We are a team of bold and creative thinkers, unafraid to do things differently. 

Some of us have spent a lifetime in search. Others joined after holding leading roles in start-ups or large corporations. Several of us are named as the most influential search executives in the world.

Our Approach

Lead with Expertise

Our partners head up all projects from start to finish. We put the smartest brains together to solve challenges. We think and act as a diverse, agile and global team. We work closely with our clients and candidates as advisors, partners, guides and friends.


At times, there is pressure on businesses to find the right leader fast. Clients repeatedly tell us how much they value our high level of responsiveness.  We’re here to do our life’s work and we’ll help you do yours, at the right pace.

Deliver Results

We commit to successful completion of the search every time. Clients ask us to solve their most challenging leadership talent problems, often those others have attempted and failed. If it can be done, we will get it done.








Michael Mader

Managing Partner

Leadership Consulting