Over the years I have taken on the CEO mantle a number of times, I have coached many others and I’ve enjoyed being Chairman and working together with CEOs and their Boards.
From my experience there are three core activities that great CEOs have become expert at:
1. The ability to see the business and the macro environment from a 40,000 foot level;
2. While simultaneously listening empathetically to staff and customers (or users); and
3. Surrounding themselves with great people who they consistently empower to give of their best.
Creating this winning CEO algorithm in either a large corporation or a highly volatile startup atmosphere requires nerves of steel, a strong sense of self and belief in your ability to lead your team.