The “Net-Net” on CEO’s

As most of you know, I am an avid reader of Adam Bryant’s The Corner Office in the Sunday New York Times. This Sunday’s article was succinct, powerful, and rich in information. If you are interested in building your skills and attributes as a leader  – this article is worth the time to read through completely. In a nutshell, Mr. Bryant has condensed the wisdom he garnered through over 70 interviews with CEO’s over the years.

What he shares aren’t theories. They come from decades of collective experience of top executives who have learned firsthand what it takes to succeed. From the corner office, these CEO’s watch others attempt a similar climb and notice the qualities that set them apart. They offered myriad lessons and insights on the art of managing and leading, but they all shared five qualities:

  1. Passionate curiosity.
  2. Battle-hardened confidence.
  3. Team smarts.
  4. A simple mind-set.
  5. Fearlessness.

Interesting combination; and yet, when I think about the CEO’s and leaders I have admired and wanted to emulate over the years; these qualities represent much of what I saw and respected.

Weigh in. Did he miss anything you believe are essential bits of wisdom from CEO’s and leaders you have known over the years?