PDI: High energy and analytic skills key to chief executive role

28-07-2008

PDI: High energy and analytic skills key to chief executive role
High energy, the talent to sift through complicated information and the ability to take charge are common traits of the average chief executive, according to new research.

The high-ranking post also requires individuals to "thrive on hectic and demanding schedules" as well as "keeping a business viable and successful in changing economic circumstances" a Personnel Decisions International (PDI) study has found.

However, these traits by no means guarantee employees to be chief executive material: other factors include having the right experience and keeping board members happy.

"You have to want to be at the top to be a successful chief executive. This is not a role you want to fall into accidentally," PDI's managing director Simon Callow said. "Today's chief executives have the weight of the world on their shoulders."

The PDI's report, which aimed to explore the qualities required for certain roles, is compiled from the data of 9,226 leaders including first-level leaders, senior executives and 148 chief executives.

According to guidelines offered by the Management and Leadership Network, the chief executive is "responsible for the success or failure of the company", with "setting strategy and vision" and "team-building" being their main duties.

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