How to be a CEO…From 525 Interviews

November 22, 2017 By Dave Chase

So, you’ve interviewed 525 interviews CEOs over 10 years?  That gives you street cred.  When I read the NY Times article titled, “How to be a CEO, From a Decade’s Worth of Them,” I was impressed, inspired and informed.  We’re always seeking additional insight into leadership styles, recognizing everyone has their own style.  Mimicking others styles, when they don’t fit your own well, frequently leads to incongruous behaviors and an inability to be genuine.  I was impressed because after the author interviewed 525 CEOs, he discovered three emerging trends that seemed adaptable to just about any interpersonal style.  Those three primary findings are:

  • Be curious
  • Lean into challenges, rather than away
  • Do your best in your current assignment or role

They really can be applied to just about any style or interpersonal characteristic.  Here is an article not only worth reading, but worth bookmarking and coming back to.

David ChaseManaging Partner at Advanced CFO, has experience in small to medium private companies and large public companies as a senior operational and financial leader.  With nearly 20 years in finance, a CFO of multiple entities and divisional EVP experience, Dave has a breadth of experience.  Dave has led or been instrumental in raising multiple rounds of equity and debt in excess of $0.5 billion.

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