A lot of people talk about how great is to be CEO but only few knows that life at the top is not as easy as it seems.
If you ever wonder how does one become a CEO? What studies,knowledge and skills are required to attain such prestigious role?As a start there is not prototype for the perfect CEO.Many CEOs are great leaders.They have the right kind of ambitious that will make you to follow your dream until you achieve it ,they have the ability to achieve their own vision and also to put in practice the vision and make that happen.Most CEOs I know they are open minded and they have a clear,interesting and dynamic vision.Rather than compelling their vision as a long term goals they create the appropriate business strategy plan which sustain their plans for the future.They also hire the right candidates for the executive roles to ensure that these people have the eagerness to drive the vision forward and deliver performance at all levels.Great CEO and I could mentioned my CEO are truly great leaders.My CEO takes the time to talk to you,to listen to your concerns,ambitions and goals.When you have a great CEO you can achieve wonder ,you believe that you are part of something bigger and you become part of the bigger picture.You become the ambassador of your service and become a quality control for the entire organisation.
CEO’s role is an unnatural role.Some CEO are born leaders but some are made.Well as Marisa Meyer states:”
“I always did something that I was a little not ready to do. I think that, that is how you grow. When there’s a moment of ‘Wow, I’m not so sure that I can do this, and you push through those moments, it’s then that you have a breakthrough. Sometimes that’s a sign that something really great is about to happen. You’re about to grow and learn a lot more about yourself.”
Becoming a CEO typically takes years of hard work however how many professionals are prepare to make themselves a CEO?Learning to make this unnatural motion takes a great deal of practice.However life at the top as its knocked off effect.From an evolutionary standpoint most CEOs have to deal with lots of setbacks as people at all level tend to become resistant to change.In well run organisation people can focus on performance and their own work as opposed to office politics and bureaucratic procedures.A strong leader prioritise organisational structure to create a clear vision.She /He allocates strong seniors executives to terminate the broken processes and diminishes the time in regards to fighting organisational boundaries.While it may be quite easy to understand it ,building a well run organisation requires a high level of skills.Performance management becomes the best ally of organisational design and operational structures often marries open communication.The forming cocktail often creates long term success as the potion has strong leadership flavouring thus a great CEO put great effort into designing a system that enable its people to be maximum effective.Although life at the top requires lots of open communication it also involves an incentive structure and a clear team that become the architect of the best company design.As a CEO in order to run a world class company you need to raise a world class team.So ,guys if you want to wear the CEO’s overall be prepared for some internal and external changes.Life at the top requires sacrifices.
And the final thought
When facing with the decision of weather to make a move in your career ladder and questions your abilities that you don’t have the experience to take the role I am telling you that there is not an easy answer.However preparing yourself emotionally and intellectually will help you to get there…Although life at the top may seem lonely there are lots of rewards…so my advice ..have that leap of faith and move forward ….being a CEO is not as stressful as it looks..
with all the admiration for all the great and amazing CEOs out there ,e pluribus unum