Updated: Dec 10, 2019
I have the good fortune of working with a number of great CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs and other business leaders across different industries and stages of growth, giving me a unique perspective on the key traits that make some business leaders more consistently successful than others. Without a doubt, strong character, leadership and management skills, intelligence, critical thinking and structured decision making are absolutely essential for long-term success. However, there is one factor that I regularly see in the truly great CEOs. This is the ability and judgement to discern between being a business operator or a business builder, between working in the business or working on the business.