What does it take to be a CEO in today’s world?

Leadership, Uncategorized

Harvard Business Review published an article recently entitled The C-Suite Skills That Matter that generates a juicy question:

What skills does it take for a leader in the C-Suite to succeed?

“Most much has changed during the past two decades that companies can no longer assume that leaders with traditional managerial pedigrees will succeed in the C-suite. Today firms need to hire executives who are able to motivate diverse, technologically savvy, and global workforces; who can play the role of corporate statesperson, dealing effectively with constituents ranging from sovereign governments to influential NGOs; and who can rapidly and effectively apply their skills in a new company, in what may be an unfamiliar industry, and often with colleagues in the C-suite whom they didn’t previously know.

These changes present a phenomenal challenge for executive recruitment, because the capabilities required of top leaders include new and often “softer” skills that are rarely explicitly recognized or fostered in the corporate world. Simply put, it’s getting harder and less prudent to rely on traditional indicators of managerial potential.”

So – what skills might it take to succeed in the C-Suite at your organization?