Are You CEO Material?

Are You CEO Material? - The Work at Home WomanBy John Philips

As a work at home woman, you may run your own business – which technically makes you a CEO. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re CEO material.

Top CEOs often share a series of attributes which have helped them rise to the top of their field. Here are some of the most common traits of top CEOs – and how to cultivate them.

Hardworking:

The most important attribute of any CEO is a strong work ethic. Starting a business from scratch requires a lot of time and effort – in the early stages at least, you’ll need to do most of the work to get your company off the ground.

It’s common for many business owners to rise early. A survey by Yahoo found that 80% of top CEOs wake up at 5:30 am or earlier – allowing them to do a portion of the day’s work undisturbed by distractions.

Waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t mandatory for CEOs, and there are plenty who don’t rise until much later – create a daily routine which works best for you. However, regardless of the time your alarm goes off, it’s important to put in plenty of hours of good-quality work each day.

Knowledgeable:

CEOs rise to the top of their respective industries because they’re extremely knowledgeable. As the owner of a business, you’ll need to know everything about your company – no matter how large it becomes. In order to succeed, it’s also essential for you to build a solid understanding of your industry, market and competitors.

Business and technology are constantly evolving, so it’s important to keep learning as your progress at the helm of your company. David Karp, CEO and founder of Tumblr, never graduated from high school. However, he dedicated himself to the pursuit of knowledge outside the classroom.

Teaching himself HTML at the age of 11, he went on to intern for animator Fred Seibert three years later – and continues to study, despite now being worth over $200 million.

Determined:

In business, failure is almost inevitable. However, top CEOs remain determined, regardless of their business woes.

Even Mark Zuckerberg is no stranger to defeat. He recently ordered the removal of Facebook’s email service, which joined Facebook Gifts, Notes, and Deals on the long list of his failed ventures. However, Zuckerberg has never given up, even when some of his concepts crumbled – he remained determined to build Facebook into the world’s most popular social media site.

Enthusiastic

Richard Branson himself has repeatedly stated the importance of enjoying what you do: “Because starting a business is a huge amount of hard work, requiring a great deal of time, you had better enjoy it.”

If you enjoy your work, you’re more likely to give it your full attention. This is very important, especially if you run your own business – something that Alan Sugar knows all too well. He attributes the eventual failure of Amstrad to his involvement with Tottenham Hotspur.

His attention was pulled away from his business, and he later acknowledged that by the time he’d “wasted ten years” being distracted by the football field, it was too late to save his company.

Honest

Honesty is essential for any CEO. This is another tip from Sir Alan, whose personal mantra dictated that “you must be honest… Opportunists don’t last.”

To be a successful CEO, you need to build a solid network of connections. Dishonesty will always be revealed eventually, and could damage your future business opportunities.

Being a successful CEO is hard work. It takes determination, enthusiasm, and a strong drive to succeed. By following the example of some of the world’s top businesspeople, you can enjoy success in your own business endeavours.

This post was written by John Philips from SSLs.com. SLLs.com are a reseller of SSL certificates from the likes of Comodo, GeoTrust and VeriSign.

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