❶ Creating, Communicating and
Goals. An executive's
success is affected by the ability to
communicate a vision for a
company's future, helping employees to navigate through change
motivating them to achieve specific goals.
Today's businesses – especially those publicly held -emphasize
the bottom-line more than ever. Tolerance levels for poor
performance are dropping. There is little margin for error. That
makes the ability to produce results a very important factor
❸ Acting with
Those who operate with
integrity consistently adhere to a code
of conduct and have an underlying value system that is
manifested through their behavior.
❹ Maintaining Key
Relationships. To have a long-term view you need to have
strong political ties, good shareholder relations and the skills
and knowledge to allow people to understand and buy into the
long-term view. A successful relationship with the board of
directors is of particular importance.
❺ Exhibiting Appropriate
Leadership Style and
People Skills. A poor leadership style
and people skills ultimately have a negative impact on an
executive's tenure at their own firm. Some executives can
clearly get the job done quickly, but the 'dead bodies' left in
their wake can take years for the organization to recover.
The Cultural Fit. A
candidate for a top job might look great on paper, but must be
culturally compatible in order to build relationships and add
true value. Often, hiring managers or boards emphasize the need
to challenge old thinking and move in new directions. But if an
executive is too far out of step with an organization, the
resulting culture clash can overwhelm the benefits.
Talented managers often make it to
the top, but some don't stay for long. In recent years, turnover
at the executive and CEO levels has soared.
This research project helps you to
gain insights into the shrinking tenure of executives and the
skills needed to succeed over the long haul in a senior-level
position. CEOs, operating officers, presidents, vice presidents,
directors and board-level professionals were surveyed to
identify key factors that impact executive churn.
Leaders at all
levels can learn from the mistakes and missteps of short-term