Study: These Characteristics Predict If You'll Be a CEO
We may not all aspire to be CEOs of a company one day, but if you do, you'll want to listen up. A recent study has uncovered a few threads in personality type that a majority of chief executive officers share.
According to a new study out of University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and Morten Sorensen at Copenhagen Business School, a handful of characteristics are actually predictors of becoming a CEO: general ability, execution skills, charisma, and strategic skills.
Based on nearly 3000 interviews conducted with individuals being considered for top executive positions, candidates were rated on a variety of traits, from being a good listener to their creative vision and enthusiasm. What they found was that CEOs did not necessarily rank high on interpersonal strengths, such as being a good listener or being respectful toward others. Rather, CEOs were efficient and persistent (execution skills), persuasive and enthusiastic (charismatic), creative and intuitive (strategic skills), and talented in their respective fields.
Interestingly, interviewers tended to overvalue interpersonal skills when recommending potential hires, even though these abilities are less critical for a successful CEO. So, next time you head in for an interview, be sure to turn on the charm. Just make sure your other skills are in check, too.
Ladies with dreams of becoming a Girl Boss, you know where to begin.
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