Anatomy of a CEO
What makes these CEOs tick and how did they climb the ladder to the top in the first place? BusinessNewsDaily has pieced together from a variety of studies a theoretical sketch of the perfect CEO.
"Typically hypocorisms, the shorter form of a given name, are used in intimate situations as a nickname or a term of endearment," study researcher Frank Nuessel, a professor of classical and modern languages at the University of Louisville, said. "It’s possible that sales professionals in the United States and male CEOs around the world use these shortened versions of their name as a way to be more approachable and accessible to potential clients."
"In our sample, the CEOs with the higher facial ratios actually achieved significantly greater firm financial performance than CEOS with the lower facial ratios," Wong said.
"Tall people tend to act like a leader from a very young age because other children relate to them like a slightly older peer," said Arianne Cohen, author of "The Tall Book" (Bloomsbury USA, June 2009). "In the workplace, when you're automatically acting as a leader, that's really important when it comes time for promotion."
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“A strong board provides a useful watchdog and a second set of valued opinions to the strategic direction of the company. This oversight by the board can help catch the deviant strategy that could lead to firm failure, before it is implemented by the CEO and the organization’s top management team,” the article said.
"Some factors that also can influence trajectories include the family's culture, their income and family resources, and the quality of the parent-child relationship," Holden said. "What this model of parenting helps to point out is that effective parenting involves guiding children in such a way as to ensure that they are developing along positive trajectories."
Those trajectories can be an important part of not only the future success of a child, but of their leadership skills as well. In other words, the encouragement of parents can be a big factor in the path a child takes in a career.
"This is not uncommon," said Thomas Saporito, chairman and CEO at RHR International. "Stress, pressure and loneliness all combine to create a job unlike any other they have previously had."
For that reason, anyone looking to be the boss better be able to deal with the isolation that the title brings with it.
"Growing and learning often involves failure and can be embarrassing," said Bradley Owens of the University of Buffalo who conducted the research with David Hekman of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. "But leaders who can overcome their fears and broadcast their feelings as they work through the messy internal-growth process will be viewed more favorably by their followers. They also will legitimize their followers' own growth journeys and will have higher-performing organizations."
"When thinking about what traits are important for leaders to possess, there tends to be a focus on what people do well," said Becky Schaumberg, a Stanford doctoral candidate in organizational behavior who conducted the research. "But we know that people make mistakes and mess up, and it’s important to look at how people respond to those mistakes because that’s a clue to who they are. The group was picking up on those behaviors."