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What is the CEO’s obligation to help her C-Suite function as a team?

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What is the obligation of the CEO in creating common language and a safe space for hard conversations, particularly when a company is facing difficult challenges? How can other members of the team support the CEO in setting “rules” to help the group communicate more honestly and make better decisions?

Leadership
CEOs
C-Suite Leadership
Team Leadership
Elisa Speranza
26 months ago

3 answers

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#EmpowernatorJune Safezone CEO Communications for C-suite team. I start with “I have many talents, MIND-READING is NOT one of them. If you have a problem or issue, lets talk about it privately and together we will work out a viable solution or action plan.”

June Klein
26 months ago
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It is critical that the CEO set the tone for the organization and create an environment of open dialogue without fear of consequences or reprimand. I've seen situations in companies where the CEO was used as a shield or excuse for hiding results or information, ultimately to the disadvantage of the business. The best CEO's have a friendly rapport with all levels of employees, not just the senior team, and show it by being available and regularly circulating amongst the workforce. This fosters more informal relationships and opens dialogue. Senior management can facilitate this philosophy by inviting the CEO to interact with staffs, whether at a group meeting, a corporate sponsored event, or even at an extracurricular activity that is perhaps endorsed by the company (e.g. a 10K Run).

I'm a firm believer that the CEO's actions are a significant driver to an organization's culture. And the healthier the culture, the happier the staff and the higher probability for business success.

Jan P. Berger, CTP
26 months ago
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Like any other team leader your role is like the conductor of an orchestra. You help them to make to play at their best and create an outstanding experience/ result. If you rather want to play the first violin, well then do and let somebody else be the conductor.

Klaus J. Schuler
26 months ago

Have some input?