Today we focus our career discussion on the executive ranks of an organization. We talk about what the role of an executive is, what attributes make up an executive, and what skills we can all start building today to succeed as an executive.
It turns out, defining an executive role is not straightforward. There are several attributes that can encompass a modern executive:
Weight of role power (towards the top of a multi-layered organization)
Responsibility/Ownership of large initiatives
Decisionmaking authority to allocate the organization's resources
Large "blast radius" (decisions impact lots of people)
We also discuss five cornerstone skills for succeeding as an executive. Luckily, these are all skills you can start building, practicing, improving, and demonstrating today:
Dealing with complexity
Defining and living your core values
Mastering the art of delegation
Building and cultivating exceptional relationships
Broadening your gaze internally and externally
We hope this podcast episode demystifies what it means to be an executive. We'd love to hear your thoughts.