There are three categories of executives – inherenty gifted or boot strap earned – that make it to the mind of senior leadership. And those who never will ( 3 groups)
Perhaps…you are one or you are evaluating one who is on that path. While much is written on doing the right things to maintain this trajectory – less is written on why they fail. Based on conversations this week I was asked to comment on why executives who seem to be on the fast track to success, career opporutnities and writing their own ticket —-fail
Here are – without a doubt – those gaps that cause the shortfall.
1. No Spidey Sense – awareness of what situation is unfolding and / or what people are really saying – called it executive awareness – instead they are attuned only to whatever mirrors their version of the story. A tradgedy in the making – especially when the talent that around them should fortify – there is never ONE WAY ….there are many ways and they always involve people.
2. Lack of Transportable Tools
This means – the method for Leading, Seting Strategy and Running operations – is hit and miss – it needs to be a repeatable recipe. The best executives can be transported to a new assignment in another country, shift to a new company within their industry or be asked to lead a company outside of their industry – and despite all the challenges – they find success again..again…and again.
they carry their LEADERSHIP TOOLKITS WITH THEM
– how to assess and evaluate people, how set and implemente strategy and how to get a pulse on the operations – this suite of success – is a blend of learned and honed tools that they have made their own. ‘
They recongize –
business is business,
people are people and
leadership is leadershp
and all have a repeatable recipe. The ones who fail are flapping in the wind trying to reset themselves to circumstanc – which never works.
3. Humility – I said it before and will add again – the best CEO’s get over themselves, understand the mandate to set nature and direction of the business and realize – it’s best to surround yourself with great people. Not new – but timeless.
If you want help more insights or some coaching on how to bolster or bust these points for yourself – please drop me a line.