In my last column we reviewed the changing environment in which business leaders now have to operate. Technology-savvy CEOs are increasing in number. However, while their technical skills may have helped get them to the corner office, those skills alone will not ensure success. This month's column discusses some of the skills that increasingly define a successful leader.
Inspiration: CEOs represent the passion and soul of the companies they lead. Increasingly, they will seek to inspire not just their company's workforce, but also their customers and business partners. As Winston Churchill once noted, "I am certainly not one of those who need to be prodded. In fact, if anything, I am the prod." His axiom describes many of today's leaders. For instance, Steve Jobs at Apple, Larry Ellison at Oracle and Phil Knight at Nike are revered more for being "inspirational" and are known less for being "managers."
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