How do CEOs lead for success? Insights to boost your leadership skills
By Distinguished Lecturer Elizabeth CoffeyAbstract:
What actions do CEOs take behind the scenes to create success? What can go wrong that leads to CEO failure? How long do most CEOs have in post? What skills do they need to create high performance? What can you learn from these insights to accelerate your leadership journey, regardless of your current point? Distinguished Lecturer Elizabeth Coffey shares behind-the-scenes stories and practical guidance grounded in 25 years of collaborating with energy CEOs.
We look at what CEOs actually DO. During a CEO’s tenure, a leader focuses on 3 activities: destroying aspects of the inherited organization that don’t work, creating new elements to improve performance, and preserving aspects that work well. Ideally, the leader delivers these empathetically. We consider the (often brief) life cycle of the CEO.
Upon entry, the CEO plans a strategic path for the business. Next, the CEO disrupts the status quo by operationalizing those ambitions. Third, a CEO tries to stabilize the organization to establish a positive legacy.
What are the upsides of this high wire act? Company growth plus status, wealth, and power for the CEO. If a high-visibility CEO fails, it can devastate the organization's valuation and the individual's reputation.
Which core skills do CEOs need? We look beyond the myths to explore real examples from the oil and gas industry to reveal the most important 4 skills for CEO success.
Which skills are crucial for you to achieve your own career peak? We highlight the critical few skills that sign-post the way to your leadership achievement.
Elizabeth Coffey is an internationally recognised senior advisor, speaker, and author, who develops CEOs and Board Executives of Global 500 companies. Through Spark Leadership Ltd (established 2005), she consults across diverse industries in 30+ countries.
Elizabeth wrote several leadership books, including McGraw Hill’s ‘10 Things That Keep CEOs Awake’ (2002). She develops organisations through ground-breaking strategic changes, notably with ADNOC, Citigroup and the UK’s Cabinet Office.
Her numerous awards include Pioneering Woman Leader, Top 10 Leadership Development Companies, Top 101 Global Leaders, Mentor of the Year and European Woman of Achievement. Leadership clients include BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, ADNOC & KPC.