Good leaders make people around them successful.
They are passionate and committed, authentic, courageous, honest and reliable.
But in today's high-pressure environment, leaders need a confidante, a mentor, or someone they can trust to tell the truth about their behavior.
They rarely get that from employees and infrequently from board members.
The best CEOs are constantly learning. They draw on their curiosity and their great networking skills to acquire knowledge and insights on a wide range of topics.
They sit on both for-profit and non-profit boards. They get involved in community activities, as well as representing their company at functions where they can learn and meet new people.
A CEO can be passionate, authentic, and curious, but without the courage to take action and make really difficult decisions, his or her probability of failure goes way up. When CEO Magazine picks their CEO of the year, one of the major criteria they use is leadership courage.
From my experience, a CEOs’ toughest decisions are in three areas: 1) strategy, 2) structure, and 3) people.
My job as your coach is to help you spot the things you have missed and then help you fit them into your complex and difficult day.