Being a CEO can be daunting. There is a lot of responsibility and risk associated with the position. It can be difficult for a CEO to manage their time, people and all the various roles within their organisation effectively to create a work environment that is positive and productive. We’ve compiled our own expert knowledge with research on the topic to create a toolkit to help you in your leadership role.
Develop the right skills
It seems like the obvious answer but developing the right skills will benefit you and your company more than you could imagine. Try focusing on these areas:
- Leadership skills:you need effective leadership to direct the business and manage people.
- Business acumen:build a strong network of people in a similar position to yourself. This is effective for developing your business opportunities but also as a support network. It’s often be lonely at the top.
- Decision-making: you have to be willing to take effective business decisions and lead the way
- Stress Management: you have to be able to work well under pressure. Creating strategies to cope with stress such as breathing exercises, stress relieving activities etc. will really help you in this regard.
- Resourcefulness: know your subject well. This will enable you to develop the ability to come up with quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties as and when they arise.
- Strategic planning: we love it when a plan comes together. Set out long, medium and short term plans which provide effective structure to the company.
- Communication skills: communication is key, learn how to communicate correctly and efficiently with senior management and their staff.
A quick Google search shows multiple statistics about the affects stress has on the working population with approximately 38% of the Irish workforce stating that they have suffered stress in the workplace. Across the water in the UK, 12 million people go to their GP each year suffering from mental health problems, many of these being related to stress and anxiety with an average of 13.3 million working days lost each year as a result. These stats alone showcase the impact being stressed can have so ensure you are looking after the wellbeing of both you and your staff.
Become tech savvy
If you’re not already familiar with most modern technologies then you have to learn to be. We’re not saying become an expert but understand how to use devices and software necessary for your role, especially ones specific to your industry. If you expect your staff to know it you should too.
No one is expecting you to get everything right or be able to answer every question so don’t act like you have to. You’re allowed to make mistakes and to have emotions which will most likely make you a more effective leader as your staff can understand you better. People connect with people.