strategy and business

How to think like a CEO

The list of qualities and habits of mind required to succeed in the role of CEO is long; it includes resilience, stamina, high IQ and EQ, confidence, ambition, humility, vision, trustworthiness, and presence. It would be easy to come up with a hundred more characteristics, all of which could be true.

But what if we set ourselves a more difficult task, and tried to determine what quality is at the very top of the list?

Over the last decade, I’ve conducted in-depth interviews with more than 500 CEOs. I wanted to understand what makes them tick as

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