Do what a CEO does…by Openview


Let’s face it — not all CEOs are created equally.

Some are true visionaries, while others boast leadership qualities that aren’t easily mimicked. Steve Jobs, for instance, had an uncanny knack for understanding which innovations and products would resonate with future consumer trends, while Oracle founder and CEO Larry Ellison is often lauded as the ultimate engineer of great teams — a product of his unique ability to identify talent and put people in the best position to succeed.

The good news, however, is that becoming a great CEO isn’t all about possessing a specific set of inherent, God-given traits. In fact, as Stephen H. Baum illustrated in his book, “What Made Jack Welch Jack Welch: How Ordinary People Become Extraordinary Leaders,” becoming a great CEO has much more to do with confidence and character, and a commitment to learning from your (and others) successes and failures.

The best CEOs…

1) Build and Empower Great Teams and Communities

“In the end, success comes largely from the work and contribution of others around you, not yourself. That includes employees, investors, customers, users, etc. If you can effectively recruit, pitch, sell, and evangelize to these groups then you’re in good shape.” Tweet this quote.

— Tim Westergren, Founder of Pandora @TimWestergren

2) Know How to Delegate

“If we’re off on a really bad tangent, I’ll hand a project back to the team. Even though there is a piece of me that thinks, ‘If I spend another five hours on this I’m sure I could make a difference.’ I’m always looking for the right person to solve a problem. I only have so much time.” Tweet this quote.

— Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett-Packard @MegWhitman

3) Are Transparent

“With total transparency, I’ve found that everyone in the organization — not just team leaders or executives — feels accountable for the company’s performance… When you’re honest with employees, they pay you back with trust and buy-in.” Tweet this quote.

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