Overcoming C-Suite Leadership Insomnia by Rajeev Peshawaria at Forbes on 3 September 2014.

So you’ve worked hard for many years and you are now a C-suite executive – perhaps even the CEO. What now?  This article provides eight areas of personal development that you should have already transitioned through.  The great thing about this article is that it helps shape the thought process for those looking towards becoming a C-level executive.  The eight transitions (six for personal orientation and two for organizational leadership) include:

  • From blissful unawareness to emotional self-awareness (a solid understanding of your core values provides the “why” of your actions)
  • From problem solving to pursuing a purpose (you will feel unfulfilled if you don’t have a purpose, even if you are considered ‘successful’)
  • From bland to authentic communication (the ability to communicate the ‘why’ effectively and with emotion)
  • From a competitive to collaborative mindset (focus your problem solving on finding ‘win-win’ situations instead of playing a ‘zero-sum’ game where someone has to lose)
  • From managing to inspiring performance (VOCL readers/listeners know this as the difference between managing things and leading people)
  • From anger and resentment to forgiveness (it’s harder to forgive than to seek revenge, but you will find yourself in a more peaceful state of mind – I love the reference to Nelson Mandela)
  • From organizational performance to vision (“a real leader sees the organization’s mission as a purpose that creates a better future for customers and other stakeholders)
  • From reactive to proactive organizational development (you have to develop, communicate, and live the core values of your organization – interestingly, this aspect loops back to the first point about a leader understanding his/her personal core values).

This is one of the longer articles that I have come across, but it provides great insight into the mental mindset that successful organizational leaders have.

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