5 key traits of C-suite leaders

Those that make it to the top of the organizational hierarchy often possess a set of distinct skills, including good people management and balance of vision and operations, according to Cassandra Frangos, EdD, an executive development advisor for MIT Sloan Executive Education in a May 18 article from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management.

Here are the five key traits found in C-suite executives:

  1. Results-oriented: C-suite leaders tend to focus on metrics and getting things done, as well as making a strong impact on business.

  2. People-leaders: They understand how to help employees grow as well as hold them accountable.

  3. Multifaceted stakeholders: These leaders don't only think about themselves but the whole group of people they are responsible for, including their peers, employees or external stakeholders.

  4. Balance of strategy and operations: They know how to think long term about the success of their organization as well as balance urgent short-term tasks.

  5. Inclusivity: These leaders think actively about how to build and nurture a more diverse workforce.

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