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6 Personal Qualities Instrumental to Successful Leadership

Several years ago, we surveyed two dozen CEOs about what they thought were personal qualities instrumental to successful leadership.  Their reflections on this topic surfaced 6 Personal Qualities Instrumental to Successful Leadership.

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Living the Public Life: Are You ready?

If you hope to become CEO, you can’t be a wallflower. A key part of any CEOs job is to represent their organization to diverse audiences, including analysts and investors, the media, members of the local community, government officials and…

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Building Your Kitchen Cabinet: Ten Critical Steps to Winning Over Your Board

The Board of Directors is a primary stakeholder group for any CEO. When CEOs enjoy strong relationships with their Boards and individual Board members, they can generally make swifter progress. On the other hand, when relationships between CEOs and their…

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The Leadership Team You Inherit

Joining an organization from outside and inheriting an intact senior team, possibly containing members who had been passed over for the CEO job, brings obvious challenges. CEOs in our study who had lived through this situation reported that it was…

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From Peer to Boss—Mastering the Transition

You’ve been working toward the top spot for years. Now that you are the CEO, you have to lead your former colleagues, even some who might not be all that thrilled at the prospect. What do you do?

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Memo to New CEOs: Pick A Winning Senior Team

As a new CEO, you can’t do it all alone. While you might have the authority to make the company’s strategic decisions, you will never have all the information you need to make them nor the time required to implement…

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Managing the Hand-Off: Advice for The First Hundred Days

Taking the reins as CEO is tricky. Some participants in our CEO study told us of smooth and helpful transitions, others of strained transitions that couldn’t happen fast enough for one or the other party. Although no firm recommendations emerged…

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Want to Become CEO? Here’s How to Prepare

What does it take to succeed in the top job? In our study of sitting CEOs, executives pointed to six kinds of developmental experiences that they believed had been integral to their success. While not a simple recipe for success,…

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What’s Next?

The business leader seeking practical advice and wisdom has many options these days. Too many, in fact. Blogs, articles, and postings abound—a tidal wave of ideas coming at you each and every day, more than you could possibly read. Yet…

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