Last week I posted three of the six traits that I have observed in great agency leaders. I asked the question then and it bears repeating: What are the behaviors that separate the great from the average? Can good CEOs become great? Can mediocre ones improve?
Here are traits 4-6. Comments and challenges are welcomed.
4. They live in the present but have a clear, compelling vision of the future -- they know exactly what kind of firm they want to become
• They have an unwavering focus and commitment to make the vision a reality.
• Their vision is a filter for decision-making. It simplifies and provides a strategic context for all their major decisions
• They are willing to take risks to achieve their vision
5. They are “star-crazed”
• They understand that a great leader needs great lieutenants not foot soldiers
• They invest in “stars”
• They don’t tolerate the “average”
6. They live by standards of excellence (external and internal)
• They set the standards
• They meet the standards
• They understand that standards of excellence are non-negotiable
In part three, I’ll show a simple scorecard to rate yourself as a leader.