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Just In! Do you Have the Characteristics of a High Performing Chief Executive?

June 21st, 2017


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A decade-long CEO Genome Project Study revealed some surprising results.  Successful chief executives tend to demonstrate four specific behaviors that challenge previously held assumptions. The key to effective leadership is less about introversion or extroversion, or education, or how you are wired and more about what you do.

So what?


Anyone at any level can sharpen the ability to demonstrate the four specific behaviors that lead to leadership effectiveness.

What to do?


  1. Improve your decision-making skill. Accept that some of your decisions will be wrong.  The important thing is that strong leaders make decisions quickly.  Leaders described as decisive were 12 times more likely to be high-performing.
  1. Focus on engagement. The most effective leaders involve others – they engage people in discussions about change early in the process. Leaders who plan and execute communications and influencing strategies are 75% more successful.
  1. Scan the horizon and be adaptable. Kim Rosenkoetter Powell and Elena Lytkina Botelho, the researchers behind the study, report that the most successful leaders “scan wide networks and diverse sources of data, finding relevance in information that may at first seem unrelated to their businesses. As a result, they sense change earlier and make strategic moves to take advantage of it.”
  1. Be predictable. Everyone loves a steady hand and employees trust predictable leaders.

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