Topic: What sets successful CEOs apart
Leadership is an important element in steering the success of an organization. While there
are several individuals holding executive positions, not everyone who able to become a successful
CEO. It takes a lot of effort and actions to make someone a successful CEO. Becoming a CEO is
not challenging but proving to an organization and the customers and other stakeholders within
the organization and outside that one is successful in the position they hold, requires exceptional
qualities. Successful CEOs are decisive, they possess global experience and a significant
understanding of cultural differences to build a global company. These are just some of the
qualities that successful CEOs have that set them apart.
There are several characteristics that successful CEOs demonstrate in their leadership and
management of the organization. Botelho et al 2017 argue that successful CEOs are nothing more
than what most people believe that CEOs are charismatic, confident and pedigree. Most successful
CEOs instead are very decisive. They believe that it is better to make a wrong decision than to not
decide at all. Every decision that is made within the organization is well-thought-out and informed,
however, sometimes challenges might arise and the need for urgent decisions to be made requires
someone who can act fast. CEO is about acting with less thinking and talking and emergencies
require just that (Christian,2021). Therefore, successful CEOs prefer making a decision fast instead
of waiting for perfect information that might intensify the situation. By making decisions, it means
that they can deal with mistakes and often treat those mistakes as learning opportunities.
Global experience and awareness of cultural differences are other unique trait that set
successful CEEs apart. As a result of globalization, most organizations are trying their best and
using possible means to attain global success and establish a global company. To attain this kind
of success requires a CEO who has global experience in the sense that they should have acquired
global talent capabilities that embrace both the diverse populations of the world and understand
the cultures that are represented in the workforce (Gordon & Martin,2019). Global companies have
different cultures and appreciating diversity and cultural differences is a means of gaining the
attention of a bigger audience. Capturing a bigger international audience comes with its share of
challenges and CEOs need to be able to handle global growth and be comfortable in international
markets and settings.
To achieve success, CEOs deal with several challenges because the job itself is a tough
one. The challenge of achieving the goals that have been set for the company is not easy at all
(Wakslak & Joshi,2022). They also have to deal with employers’ dismissal which sometimes has
negative impacts on the organization. It is costly for shareholders who might put pressure on the
CEO and that pressure affects their rationality sometimes.
Many people have the potential to lead and becoming a successful CEO is one of the main
things that executives watch out for. However, not every CEO is successful and this means that
there is always much to be learned from those who have achieved the success. The main thing is
to be decisive and take action always. To attain global success, CEOs have to understand
differences in cultures and work towards recognizing diversity not only for their consumers but
for people working within their organizations. Decisive CEOs make decisions because it is better
to make a wrong decision than none.
Botelho, E. L., Powell, K. R., Kincaid, S., & Wang, D. (2017). What sets successful CEOs apart?
Harvard Business Review, 95(3), 70-77.
Christian, B. (2021). 7 Traits That Set Successful CEOs Apart From Everyone Else.
Gordon, V., & Martin, D. (2019). The 21st-Century CEO: Intrinsic attributes, worldview, and
communication capabilities. Journal of leadership & organizational studies, 26(2), 141-
Wakslak & Joshi. (2022). Research: Men Speak More Abstractly Than Women.