4 SIGNS YOUR C.E.O IS INCOMPETENT

Being in the business world for decent amount of time makes our instinct the sharper, especially if we overcome some difficult situations. Once a particular situation teaches us a lesson we’re unlikely to get in the same predicament again.

Apart from your our line manager , the most important person to us, from the workforce perspective is most definitely the company’s CEO.

There are a lot of ways to get a CEO job, and not all of them require a person to be smart or talented. Sometimes the company board picks the least offensive member of the leadership team to run the organization.

Here are four signs that highlights incompetence

1) No vision.

The number one requirement of a CEO in any organization is to see the company’s path forward. The CEO doesn’t have to create the organization’s vision all by himself/ herself . There are a number of ways to get valuable ideas from the wider organization team, not to mention from direct and indirect customers and partners.

Within an healthy organization,good and interesting ideas are continuously coming up ready to be acted upon.

A CEO without a vision is a waste of space and wages money, and unfortunately there are plenty of them. Lots of CEOs who spend a great deal of time in front of the media preaching about disruption,innovation, change and other fancy buzzwords have no idea where they’re actually leading the business.

To have an idea of the above would be interesting seeing the correct company balance sheet of the company.

2) Can’t walk the talk.

A CEO’s job starts with a vision, but the vision is useless if you don’t execute on it. This is where lots of CEOs fail to deliver.

They can’t get their teams to act on their visions, because they’re unclear in their communications, they change their mind every three seconds or they’re distracted by stupid and irrelevant things.

CEOs who know what they’re doing don’t mind answering questions from their business partners , their employees and their customers.

Don’t have to be charismatic to be a good CEO, but you have to be honest and say what you mean, not just repeat talking points from someone else PowerPoint presentation or social media post for that matter.

CEOs who believe in what they say will publish their beliefs in every possible way without hesitation. If the team don’t know what CEO believes in, that’s a big red flag in many ways.

Regardless of always saying focus on the customer, the end consumer satisfaction is not their goal after all.

CEOs who focus on the wrong things instead of acting decisively to push their agendas forward are common and generally destined to failure.

If a CEO can’t say “Here is the strategy” and then make it happen, the success of the business is elsewhere.

3) Never react proactively to changing circumstances.

The real world presents us with new challenges every day.

CEOs who can’t react at the moment of truth and turn the organization in the proper direction to avoid the obstacles ,always blaming other people, maybe were not right to lead in the first place.

They might be rich due to the paycheck but surely not the smarter.

If you see your organization pushing against the same wall and never getting over it, take your talents to a more deserving environment.

4) Leave questions unanswered.

CEOs who know what they’re doing don’t mind answering questions from their business partners , their employees and their customers.

They want to talk about their ideas. You don’t have to be charismatic to be a good CEO, but you have to be honest and say what you mean, not just repeat talking points from someone else PowerPoint presentation or social media post for that matter.

CEOs who believe in what they say will publish their beliefs in every possible way without hesitation. If the team don’t know what CEO believes in, that’s a big red flag in many ways.

Fortunately there are hundreds of great CEO and business leaders within every industry and most of the time the companies are successful as a result of that inspiring leadership. What’s your CEO like?

Raffaele Felaco | 2020

Published by Raffaele Felaco

I am an enthusiastic leader with strong background in direct and indirect sales with an exten- sive experience in both retail and wholesale business. I have been fortunate to have worked alongside teams in structured environments both in Italy and abroad over the last 20 years, en- abling me to develop strong leadership skills, a natural approach in effective communication, the ability of positively influencing others and master complex business negotiations.

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