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Top 5 Desirable Skills for the C-Suite

Posted by Ascent Global Logistics on Mar 30, 2017 4:58:24 PM

According to the Harvard Business Review, some of the latest trends among executive leadership are increased technical skills and decreased “star culture.” The days of closed-door execs are gone – today’s leaders need to be transparent and team-oriented.

HBR noted seven desirable skills you need to thrive in the c-suite. Here are the top five:

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This one goes unsaid, considering that the c-suite suite is the rudder of the organization. Specific “types” of leadership can vary depending on the industry, but here are a few notable traits:-          Inspirational

-          Non-authoritive

-          Take-charge

-           Ethical

-          Strategic

-          Visionary

-          Authentic, with respect for others & trust-building capabilities

2. Strategic Thinking and Execution

Having a degree of foresight is crucial to any leadership position. In today’s world, this needs to be done on a global basis to set direction. These types of leaders will have vision that is followed by a high standard in execution.

3. Technical & Technology Skills

Yes, those are two separate categories. The c-level should understand how certain technologies are affecting their company. Financial acumen is also a highly desirable trait in c-level leaders. Contrary to some popular viewpoints, technical skills are not declining but steadily increasing.

4. Team and Relationship Building

Team-related skills have to be considered when building an effective c-suite. Leaders have to be less self-oriented and more focused on building a cooperative team. Executives can’t afford to just sit behind closed doors. Keep the following capabilities in mind:

-          Team-oriented

-          Able to multi-task continuously

-          Can lead without rank

-          Able to resist stress

-          Will ensure that subordinates don’t suffer burnout


5. Communication and Presentation

Executives are sometimes the face of the organization. This warrants powerful persuasion and presentation skills. One consultant has called this the “intellectual capability to interact with a wide variety of stakeholders.” They must be able to speak in a convincing and relatable manner to a range of audiences. Finally, they should be able to receive and synthesize information.

Sound like a tall order? That’s because it is. The truth is that not everyone becomes an executive leader; and the truly remarkable ones are even fewer. Which skills would you add to this list? Would you take any away? Leave us your thoughts.

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Topics: Leadership