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What skills does a CEO need?

What skills does a CEO need?

It’s well known that for all the publicity that CEO’s astronomical pay packets receive, the reason they get these positions are because of the skillsets they bring to the fore.

In fact, PLDT Chair Manuel Pangilinan, said that when he was looking for a new CEO they had “to be ready to die for the job, give up his family … Work over family. Period. If I could see that in that person, you’re it. You know, there is always a price you pay for the life you choose”.

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  • Karen Armitage
    Karen Armitage
    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 9:18am BST
    In looking for leaders at any level I think the skill sets that include the following are all important:
    Intelligence; Emotional Intelligence: Social/ political skills and Resilience. The most important however (to me) is resilience. The ability to get back up and stand in front of where you dropped off when times are tough.
    Too many times when the going has been hard do I see and hear excuses and inappropriate behaviour to deal with the situation. It is very difficult to deal with failure or clumsiness or mistakes that are PR nightmares. However leaders are paid to lead, to deal with difficult situations and should face up to the responsibility to deal with it and get back into position quickly creating calm and direction for their staff and customers.

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