What if I told you a typical CEO looks almost nothing like the stereotypical one?
The largest study of its kind revealed the 4 CEO behaviors.
This groundbreaking research, the featured cover story in the Harvard Business Review article titled “What Sets Successful CEOs Apart” reveals the common attributes and counter-intuitive choices that set these CEOs apart. They draw out lessons that we can apply to our own careers, no matter where we are and where we strive to get to.
Much of what we hear about who gets to the top and how is wrong.
Those who become chief executives set their sights on the C-suite at an early age. In fact, over 70 percent of the CEOs didn’t have designs on the corner office until later in their careers.
You must graduate from an elite college. Only 7 percent of CEOs in the data set are Ivy League graduates—and 8 percent didn’t graduate from college at all.
To become a CEO you need a flawless résumé. The reality: 45 percent of CEO candidates had at least one major career blowup.
What those who reach the top do share are four key behaviors that anyone can master:
- They are decisive
- They are relentlessly reliable
- They adapt boldly
- They engage with stakeholders without shying away from conflict
Read the full HBR article here.
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