Over the years, I have been able to work with, observe, and coach really great CEOs. It has become obvious to me that these great CEOs differentiate themselves by exhibiting certain characteristics that make them successful. My observations have led me to conclude that there are eight characteristics of successful CEOs. Here is what I found:
- They work hard to make a positive impact on everyone they meet.
- They treat others with respect, and because of that, they have large networks of people who respect them as well.
- They consistently surround themselves with “A” players who challenge them and elevate their game.
- They are realistic enough to realize that not every idea works out, so they will quickly pivot to another idea rather than giving up.
- They are relentless in their drive to overcome obstacles and adversity.
- They are willing to take risks when others would have walked away.
- They hate to lose more than they love to win.
- They love giving credit to others, and always show their appreciation for the contribution others make to their success.
You can call these what you like…principles, characteristics, or virtues…but keep in mind that they are powerful factors that contribute greatly to success. If you can internalize and practice these characteristics in your role, your chances of becoming successful will be greatly enhanced.