CEO Culture: Leadership Traits

CEO Culture: Leadership Traits

Leadership makes or breaks corporate cultures. The most effective organizations are those who possess managers and executives who are worthy of respect and who bring the best out of their staffs. The most successful leaders are endowed with certain traits that all aspiring leaders should strive to obtain and utilise on a daily basis.

Emotional Intelligence

There is no denying that overall intelligence is a godsend when managing significant staff and resources. However, emotional intelligence is the true factor that not all executives possess. Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, apprise, and control the emotions of one’s self. Strong leaders must be capable to tolerate frustration and stress, particularly in a fast-paced corporate environment. Overall, leaders must be well-adjusted and have the psychological composure to deal with anything they are required to face.

Assertive Presence

Leaders are frequently characterized as competitive and decisive. Sometimes, this can be negatively connoted as an overbearing or dominating presence. While there may be a thin line between what is overbearing and assertive, one should strive for the assertive demeanor. Assertiveness is a critical trait that enables executives to overcome work-related obstacles, ranging from dealing with rival businesses to handling internal scandals. Overall, it is a characteristic that is critical in spurring along an organization and the tribulations it may encounter.


Leaders have to pursue company goals through many tactics and methods. Sometimes leaders must be harsh and bare punishment to those who warrant it. However, a leader must also be one of the catalysts of corporate morale; they must set the example they hope to see reflected in their employees. Leaders should be seen as active, expressive, and energetic. They should demonstrate their own optimism about company policies and its benefits to everyone involved. This enthusiasm should also enable them to be more open to employee feedback and changes to spur on even more improvement.

Social boldness

The best leaders are not handed responsibility based on seniority or nepotism. Rather, these individuals seized authority and responsibility through guile and skill. These persons tend to be risk-takers; they did not reach great career heights through tepidness and conservative business tactics. These leaders are typically socially aggressive as well as thick-skinned. Overall, these leaders are conscious to others and tend to be high in emotional stamina.


Strong leaders are pragmatics. They are practical, logical, and to-the-point. They cannot allow themselves to be swayed easily by sentimental attachments. Given the competitive, and frequently cutthroat nature of office politics, these individuals must also be comfortable with criticism. They are poised people who are mentally prepared for hardship, as they do not dwell on it; they are already striving to overcome it.


Self-confidence and resiliency are necessities for leaders. Leaders can only lead if they appropriately inspire those they are supposed to be leading. Given human nature, the masses many times look more into the conviction and confidence of leadership than what the leader is actually attempting to pursue. Leaders should be perceived as being free of guilt and have little or no need for approval. They should exert emotional security, and conduct themselves without noticeable affect from prior mistakes or failures.



The best leaders exude self-control. They are minutely precise in their social interactions. Overall, these individuals are very vigilant of their integrity and reputation; consequently, they tend to be socially aware and careful. These executives are very careful when making decisions or determining specific actions.

Which do you you possess?

Which traits do you already possess or need to develop? Very few leaders have all of them to the limit, but the most effective leaders will have most of them well developed. A few leaders will have only a few of these traits, but the ones they do posses are likely to have those few very well developed.

Not all of the traits we talk of will be used in every leadership situation, but like other tools, they are available if needed. All of these characteristics can be developed or attained. None are genetic, although some of the traits may be come more naturally than others. For many though, they are the results of hard work over years of time.

An executive coach can also help you discover your strengths and weaknesses when it comes to what traits you possess. Your coach will give you honest and constructive feedback so you can understand your core merits, as well as your achilles heel and provide the guidance you need to develop those traits which don’t come naturally to you. Make sure you’re aware of how you can improve your leadership style for your next CEO Role. Contact us to find out more about our career management services – visit Career Intelligence today.




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About the author

Jamie McDermott

Involved in Business Development and Technologies at Career Intelligence. Based in the Fleet Street, London office since the start of 2014.


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