Executive Call

 

Adrian Geering, Business Coach and Mentor

Practising leadership, which is vision plus passion plus action, are the three themes which come through in my 20 years of coaching successful chief executives.  Leadership development in its simplest form is personal development – to become more than you are through personal, ongoing learning, mentoring and feedback.  One of the most important roles of the CEO’s leadership skills is to be the chief strategist, to clarify vision and purpose.  This can translate into extraordinary outcomes in aspects such as brand development, three-year plans, one-year plans, and 90-day contracts with key performance indicators focused on customers, staff, systems and finance.

Related to this is being the employer of choice, being the chief team-builder and creating an evolving management structure with the right people in the right places to enable a business to grow.

Another important factor is succession planning and to have an exit strategy through always having the business ready for sale.

The CEO also needs to develop a company’s internal capabilities with systems, processes, technology and operational capacity to keep pace with external change.  Most of all, the CEO should be the company ambassador, always focusing on customers.