The 5 temptations of a CEO

Some great advice for CEOs and for movement leaders.

The 5 Temptations of a CEO

1. Choosing status over results Is it a personal failure for you if your organization fails? It better be. Will you put your career on the line for the team, for the project or is your status and fame more important?

2. Choosing popularity over accountability Avoiding using your directs as a venting ground, I guess this is why some folks say its lonely at the top. There's a lot to this one.

3. Choosing certainty over clarity I call this being afraid to make a decision or overanalyzing situation. Time and time again I've seen quick decisions that are correct and long thought out decisions to be wrong or validating what your gut feeling was.

4. Choosing harmony over productive conflict Often the most productive meetings can be heated. Respectful conflict without personal attacks is fine and often the most productive in meetings. Are your meetings Switzerland and consensus driven? I hope not.

5. Choosing invulnerability over trust Admitting that you were wrong is a key trait of a strong leader. Make decisions intelligently and quickly. When you are wrong be up front and transparent about it.

HT: jeffsandquist

The Five Temptations of a CEO: A Leadership Fable (Patrick M. Lencioni)