The most successful CEOs are…

Reading “The CEO Next Door”, by Tahl Raz, Kim Powell, and Elena Botelho.

Elena, Kim, and Tahl did thousands of hours of research to produce real data about what it takes to get to the CEO spot, what CEOs actually do and how they operate.

It’s not like what we’re shown by Hollywood and it is fascinating.

Does it matter whether you’re loved or you get results?

“In real boardrooms, results speak louder than charisma.”

Do you need to be outgoing?

“Over a third of CEOs in our study actually describe themselves as introverted, and self-described introverts in our sample were even slightly more likely to exceed board expectations.”

…while the above mean roughly two-thirds of CEOs describe themselves as extroverts, those same folks are less likely to exceed board expectations.

Do you need to be a celebrity, like a Steve Jobs or Elon Musk?

“When looking at CEOs who met expectations, we found no statistically significant difference between introverts and extroverts. High confidence more than doubles a candidate’s chances of being chosen as CEO, but provides no advantage in performance.”

What a seriously fantastic read.

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Your most important job as a manager

If you’re a people manager, your most important job is growing your team and helping your superstars grow.

How can you make sure you excel at this?

Here’s what to do according to Kim Malone Scott, author of “Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity”, former Director at Google, former Advisor at Qualtrics and who was once offered to interview for the role of CEO at Twitter:

  1. Challenge them and make sure they’re constantly learning.
  2. Give them new opportunities.
  3. Figure out what the next job for them might be.
  4. Build a partnership with them.
  5. Find mentors for them.

What does Kim say to avoid at all costs?

(When managing others) “don’t ever squash them or block them. You’ll be lucky to work alongside them again someday, maybe even work for them.”

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