The Five Skills You Need to Thrive in the C-Suite

Up until a few years ago, reaching a c-level position was a question of a number of years of experience within a particular business, or rather within the same company.

Luckily, nowadays, it is a very different story, with a number of young CEOs, COOs and CTOs taking up such positions. But what does it really entail to take up such positions?

There are five main skills which do not necessarily stem from a past C-level post, allowing the younger generation to take up such level and be very successful at it.

1. Leadership. All the skills sought after within a C-level position, revolve around leadership. Leadership is not only the act of taking charge, but also inspiring others to achieve and succeed, by allowing them to trust and respect the ethos of the company. Visionary leadership is also a very important aspect, which would allow the company to drive forward within a competitive market.

2. Strategic thinking. Being able to think strategically on a goal basis, is of utmost importance in a competitive market. The C-level board needs to understand and integrate what is best for the company, to increase on the ROI, marketing strategies and competitiveness.

3. Technical and technology skills. The younger generation, bring with them more technical skills, which are ever so important in today’s market for any company. Understanding how technology is being utilized within other companies and what the newest trends are, will allow the company to keep on top of the game.

4. Communication and relationship-building. The best C-level staff are those who can communicate with ease and allow their enthusiasm towards what they are building to be transmitted in a way that would in itself, be a way to market the company. In turn, this would allow relationships to be built with other businesses or people, who would add benefit to the company. Moreover, such communication is also of importance internally, where the employees can feel at ease with the C-level staff and engage in a way that everyone can feel part of the goals and objectives of the company.

5. Integrity. Any employee needs to have personal integrity and ethical behavior, though, if we go back to the first skill of leadership, this should be strongest within the C-level members, who are the ones which should guide by example. The conduct of such members, is under scrutiny of regulators, investors or governments, hence it is important that this is evaluated very well.

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