Why Are Executive Talents A Rare Breed?

Why Executive Talents Are A Rare Breed

They say a car is only as good as the one behind its wheels. This saying is even more apt for companies, be it a startup or a billion dollar conglomerate. A company, no matter how well established, will be only as good as the executives running it. So who are these executives? How do we pick them? All employees bring value to the table but a few get to break the proverbial glass ceiling and run the show themselves. This rare breed goes through every stage on their way to the top and sees things from every possible perspective. So, what exactly make executive talents rare? Well, some of the key traits we’ve confirmed that the best executives possess are listed below. Keep reading!

They Are Great At Their Job

Seen Messi control the flow of a game? Or Kohli engineer an innings with precision? These guys are the best at what they do! Same applies to executives, the rare breeds we are discussing today. They are impeccable in their job. They know exactly how a task needs to be done(Let’s face it, that’s how they got to the top in the first place) and have a deep knowledge about all the pieces that fit together in order to deliver results and add value to the company. Great executives turn a good company into great by accentuating the strengths and minimizing or eliminating the weak points.

They Form Trusting Relationships

When Indian team needed a new coach, the first criteria they announced was the candidate should be able to bond with the team and understand the local cultures. Executives need to fit the same bill. it’s very important for executive talents to be good with interpersonal relationships and communication. They need to connect deeply with juniors, peers, and superiors. When your job requires you to see to the convenience of everyone, be it the investors, the directors, the customers or the employees, you cannot afford to NOT be good at understanding people and making others understand your vision. Having a very good and clear knowledge of the company’s work culture is mandatory too. After all, work cultures in different companies are as different as cultures of different countries. In a nutshell, if you are an executive, make sure everybody from the peon to the Chairman understands and trusts your visions and you trust theirs.

They Have The Ability To Deal With Ambiguity

You know who would make a great executive? Tyrion Lannister, that’s who! Because he knows things (and drinks too, but let’s ignore that for today good people). As they go up the corporate ladder, they breed the ability to adapt to change based on situations and are good at coping with uncertainty and risk, handling the chaos it creates. Even if the picture in front of them is not clear, they pull their knowledge from different scenarios and experiences and complete the puzzle. Mix a little bit of penchant for risk with a dash of knowledge and ability to predict the best possible course of action and you get a bit of the magical formula for identifying a good executive.

They Take Risks

Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Nobody reaches the top of the corporate ladder by following the herd. Good executives take risks, but their knowledge and talent turn it into calculated risks. And if they fail, they wear that mistake like proud battle scars and find a different way of achieving the goal. Like Edison said about his failures – “I was not unsuccessful 99 times in making a bulb, I found 99 successful ways to not make a bulb”.
It is not possible to get results overnight and produce exceptional executive talents. However, nurturing people who have the capabilities to be a good executive is very important to get positive results in the long run. Well, here was our whoop-scoopish (copywrite issues , sigh) list of qualities of Succesful Executives. Don’t forget to add your list(s) in the comment section and trump (see what we did there?) our’s.