CEO Leadership and Awareness

CEO Leadership and Awareness

In this article we discuss CEO leadership and awareness; what it means to be a true leader in today’s world and what level of awareness of your team members you need to have to achieve success as effectively as possible.

What is the most effective way for a CEO to lead?

A chief executive officer is more than the head administrator. This role demands that individuals fulfilling these duties act as the highest ranking manager within the entire organization. This level of leadership requires a finely tuned skill set and a high level of conviction. Luckily, these traits do not have to be inherent; men and women can work to develop the leadership and awareness required to excel as a chief executive officer.

Leadership is aimed at influencing and motivating members towards organizational goals. One of the most effective ways of delivering this influence is through the simplicity of one’s message and mindset. Many people become bogged down in the details and the process involved to reach the result. The best executives however focus on the results. They keep plans and strategies as simple and to-the-point as possible. They are well aware of the details involved, but they do not bring these points up unless absolutely called upon. With focus and clarity, these executives enable others to easily understand the mission of the organization and to distribute the resources required to complete objectives.

Leadership should reflect a variety of personas to accommodate the vast array of personalities of people encountered through the work day. A competent chief executive officer must have good interpersonal skills, such as being able to effectively communicate their message no matter the intended audience. Managers and executives must display different emotions and behaviors for different sorts; they should be stern and authoritative for some, whilst also able to show empathy and understanding towards others. They discern what approach is most effective in particular circumstances, and they use the appropriate tone and language to bring about the best possible response.


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It may sound like a cliché, but effective officers know that admitting to a mistake is a sign of strength rather than a weakness. It damages a leader’s credibility most when they ignore mistakes or allow blame to fall on someone else’s shoulders. Taking responsibility for actions and expressing regret when they have made an error demonstrates the value they place on openness and accountability. This further encourages these attributes in employees, which are essential for effective business success.

Great leaders use the same tools of self-awareness to cultivate an understanding of the people they work with. Stronger teams can be composed of different personality types with different skill sets. By creating a team of people with diverse and complementary skills all working to achieve the same project objectives, chief executive officers encourage employees to better understand themselves and others. In doing so, they help create an organization that is flexible, open to change, innovated, and self-aware.

Truly great executives leverage the skills and talents of the people they assemble around them, but they do this without needing to keep a tight grip on how goals are pursued and ultimately reached. One of the most effective ways of accomplishing this is to follow the lead of their staffs. If someone under their purview is passionate about an idea or initiative, the best executives give them the opportunity to pursue it. Executives who do this build greater trust and loyalty with their employees, which is conducive to better performances.

Beyond the ability to promote the best out of others, chief executives must be able to maximize their own worth and daring. Chief executives, for instance, must demonstrate some fearlessness. Fearlessness is valued so highly because so few people live with that spirit and bring that attitude to their work. Admittedly, it is risky; such a presence may unsettle people by shaking up the status quo. But if the executive has the best interests of the organization in mind, he or she can unlock new opportunities for the company and for their self.


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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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