Five Essential Attributes of CEOs

As a leader I am a firm believer in continuous improvement, or the notion that today you will work to do something better than you did yesterday; never miss an opportunity to learn, consider everything a learning experience and never stop learning. The NYTimes has a great article that is an excerpt from the book “The Corner Office: Indispensable and Unexpected Lessons From CEOs on How to Lead and Succeed” by Adam Bryant, in which he discusses what it takes to lead an organization. I won’t recap the entire article here HuffPo style, but will list out the five characteristics here for discussion:

  1. Passionate Curiosity
  2. Battle-Hardened Confidence
  3. Team Smarts
  4. A Simple Mind-Set
  5. Fearlessness

What do you think? Anything missing from that list or that you’d remove or replace?

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