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No CEO is an island

 

Every day a chief executive is faced with make-or-break decisions about the running of his or her business.

A CEO needs to have good leadership skills to ensure that they make the choices that are in the best interests of their company. No man (or woman), however, is an island. Good decisions are not made in isolation, but often arise from receiving and acting upon good advice.

Due to the complex and competitive nature of businesses, it can be difficult for CEOs to find individuals who can provide good advice on the finer points of certain issues. Not surprisingly, it can be quite lonely at the top, and many business leaders experience a sense of isolation that diminishes the rewards of the top job.

This can undermine both the development of the company and the security of their position in the long term. Leadership consultant and researcher Peter Fuda says that “there is a strong expectation that CEOs ‘know it all’ by the time they assume the role, so there is often not a lot of encouragement to explore areas of uncertainty.”

Unfortunately, the opportunity to get quality business advice can be hard to come by and the chance to brainstorm, discuss and analyse ideas with peers is often lacking from the busy lives of CEOs.

However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Leadership development coaching from an executive coach and a CEO peer group can make a huge and positive impact on the day-to-day running of your business, and your future business development. CEO Peer groups are now opening up avenues of constructive peer dialogue to executives, working to improve leadership and decision-making skills, and generating tangible results for business leaders and companies.

CEO Peer groups provide the leadership coaching to help you set goals for the future and commit to action. They make sure you follow through too. The group also allows you to workshop specific issues you’re currently facing, with experienced peers. This allows you to voice your issues and perform as a better leader for your staff and business, which is especially needed during economic instability or rapid business growth.

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