It’s not easy to climb to the top of an organization and it’s even harder to stay on top.
I recently sat down with a group of Presidents and CEOs for a luncheon meeting. It was informal with no hard agenda. The discussion centered on leadership in shifting times. Each of the leaders had weathered significant storms these past few years. Yet, now there seemed to be a renewed sense of energy and optimism among them. They were like veteran generals hungry for a new battle and ready to take on new territory.
As I furiously scribbled notes on all the insights, strategies and business forecasts, one story stood out to me. One CEO began to describe how he had started his business in his garage and from there built himself a multi-million dollar company. His words echoed with authority as he said, “I don’t care who you are. It’s not easy to climb to the top of an organization, and it is even tougher to stay on top.”
My greatest takeaway from our meeting was observing how these CEOs think, feel and act about their business, their life and their leadership. In order to become a powerful individual, I believe it is important to imitate those who are already on top.
I would like to share ten ways you too can think, feel, and act like a CEO.
- Be free to be you – The most effective CEOs are comfortable in their own skin
- See beyond turbulence – No one at the table was chattering about what was lost. They were all enthusiastically focused on their new vision.
- Be a competitor – All of the people at that table liked to win are and were not afraid of competition.
- Listen to good ideas – Everyone was taking notes and welcomed new best practices. They all gleaned good ideas to take home.
- Be a talent finder – People still matter. These leaders were constantly on the lookout for talent, networks, and were leveraging their relationships for success.
- Make no mistake, you have to know what you are talking about – They were knowledgeable about the economy, business trends, political impact, and financial reports.
- Don’t underestimate emotional intelligence – These CEOs understood how their attitude, moods, and emotions affected their company culture. They had strong self-awareness, people skills, and emotional self-management.
- Always be a salesman – The people at that table were all persuasive and had their own genuine style.
- Think big – Not too many of these leaders spoke in terms of survival. It was all about how to thrive. CEOs feed off big ideas.
- Be confident – I did not see timid or weak attitudes. These people exuded a confident presence.
No matter who you are, imitating the world’s most successful individuals will help. You can think, feel and act like a CEO. Let’s go get it. It’s a great day to take on new thoughts, feelings and actions! Welcome to the mind of a CEO.
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