Modeling CEO traits
Written by: Renée LeMoine
Photo by: Vojtìch Vlk
Our CEO is an ideal example of a
professional who is ethical, tenacious, and detail-oriented. What
other traits should I possess in order to prepare myself for career
Use your admiration and respect for your company's CEO as a model
for molding yourself. He epitomizes values and traits that are
important within your firm, so emulating his behaviors together
with your own style increases your chances of becoming a CEO. At
the same time, study the behaviors and results of other respected
CEOs and top executives and learn from their mistakes.
While there are numerous studies detailing the successful mannerisms
or peculiarities of CEOs, a few generalities can be garnered as
gems for many situations. It is important to remember that it takes
a toolbox of traits to be successful, and the combination of these
traits should vary depending on the corporate culture and specific
- Feeling secure about what you are doing, and having a positive
attitude are two of the most important traits to acquire. You
must be able to put others at ease, because leadership is about
inspiring and motivating people to reach high standards and goals.
Always look for the best in others. Act secure and maintain control
of your attitude at all times. Smile, concentrate on what others
are saying, empathize, be optimistic, offer objective feedback
or suggestions, and stay relaxed.
- Effective style is defined as proper behavior to match the
given circumstances. You will get things done using different
styles. Compare Jack Welch (former CEO of GE) to Nobuyuki Idei
(CEO of Sony). They are very different, yet both models are effective.
Make favorable first impressions, offer a strong handshake, remember
peoples' names, stand with professional presence, and gesture
to accentuate the discussion.
- Take a chance at being a tad theatrical. Every great leader
acts more self-assured than they really are. Use smart humor
to ease those around you, and to make the office more fun and
enjoyable. Tell stories to convey concepts and ideas. Create
a database of analogies, metaphors, and similes as examples to
cut through complicated issues while displaying your creative
Article prepared by Renée LeMoine, Executive
Director, LeMoine & Associates
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