A Reality Check
Tradition needs an update.
While many CEOs today have worked their way up a familiar hierarchical structure that they replicate, they often experience being “lonely at the top.” Some of these leaders are very successful by any standard. Others may become increasingly isolated as the workplace and societal culture continue to change. They may miss out on watercooler talk and workplace engagement that surfaces unexpected ideas and new talent.
Authority and accountability matter.
However, the notion of “practicing what you preach” may be valuable. For CEOs to succeed in this fast-paced and uncertain world, they would be wise to emulate the ways of the day and the ways of the next generation of workers. Generation Z and even their older Millennial cohort differ from others in the workforce; they don’t stay long with organizations led by executives who don’t appear to be empathetic and relatable. The “Modern CEO” may have more sway and build stronger organizations by being aligned with the changing world around them.
What does it take to be a “Modern CEO”?
There is a path to successfully navigate executive leadership and immense responsibility while remaining close to your employees and customers. This executive needs to find things in common. Be curious about others’ interests. Communicate what their employees and customers do. A successful Modern CEO can maintain boundaries while forging more meaningful relationships. In short, the Modern CEO is fit, social and engaging. Is that you, or someone you know?