The leader suitable for the C-suite possesses an invaluable set of skills that have been honed to grow, develop and optimize the business.
But, like every leader, an executive’s career is unique as well as the qualities he or she brings to the job. Some executives encounter opportunity and luck throughout their careers, which ultimately propel them directly into the upper echelons of business.
These are the best primary skills all great C-suite officers have:
True leaders set aside time to lead. This means constantly learning and developing to refine your leadership skills. Some people are naturally born with leadership qualities, while others develop the ability to be a good leader over time. Natural leaders have an innate confidence and an allure that inspires trust and a following but it is a skill that all executives are continually building, whether through experience, education, or a combination of the two.
Good relationships and people management are important for productivity and delivery. Arguably, the greatest asset of a company is its people. As such, it is paramount to have executives who know how to successfully build rapport with employees, stakeholders, investors, consumers, and others inside and outside the business. A good leader must also know how to properly manage those relationships for the betterment of the company.
Without direction, purpose and strategy, no executive, regardless of the business they lead, will be successful. Strategic thinkers measure performance and day-to-day details, making them invaluable to the company. Most importantly, they are able to put these details in the context of the bigger picture.
Being an ‘agent of change’ means more to businesses than ever before. Influenced by market changes, economy, advances in technology and many other external factors, today’s executive must adapt and be able to understand the constant flux of the business environment around him.
Another skill that remains at the top of today’s executive positions job description is being familiar with technology. Good executives will surround themselves with experts to fill the knowledge gaps within the company. No business today wants an executive without technical knowledge.
The importance placed on technology skills is increasing. Executives need to know not only how to use technology, but how it affects business.
An executive is an executive in everything they do – from their knowledge to their skills, to the way they present themselves, to the way they communicate with others. Soft skills and other intangibles — like being a good relationship builder and the way an executive does it — or themselves — are critical to the overall presentation and impact.
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