Learn to Think Like a CEO

think like a ceo

No matter how small your company or organisation, you can learn something from how a CEO thinks.

Even if you’re a freelancer or solo entrepreneur, you can use what you learn from CEOs to grow your business and lead it like a pro.

Here are the ways CEOs think differently than the rest of us.


CEOs Look to the Future

The CEO of any organisation has two major concerns.

The first is to make sure the company is growing.

They have a vision of where the company should be 5, 10, even 20 years from now.

Their job is to understand all the moving parts and steer their organisation to those goals.

Even if you’re a freelance service provider or the owner of a simple e-commerce store, you also have to grow your business so it doesn’t stagnate.


Motivating Your Team

The second major concern of a CEO is to motivate and inspire their team.

CEOs provide leadership.

If you have employees or even virtual assistants, you can keep them motivated and communicate your vision to them.

Like a CEO, choose the right people, inspire them, prepare them with everything they need to realise your vision, and then get out of their way so they can use their skills to get results.


Maintain the Big Picture View

The CEO is the one person in a company who is uniquely able to see the entire organisation from a birds’ eye view.

Maintaining the big picture doesn’t mean you don’t care about details, but it means you’re not getting bogged down in all the daily tasks.

You should focus on the details that are important and outsource and delegate tasks that take away time from planning your strategy for growth.


Focus on Your Core Values

Every business, no matter how small, has core values that define why they do what they do.

There’s a reason you started your business.

You wanted to solve problems and make the world a better place.

A CEO never loses sight of this, no matter what else they’re doing in their business.

Like the leader of a big company, you should always keep your core values in mind and act in accordance with them.


Communicate Like a CEO

CEOs communicate effectively.

This means not just being a good communicator, but also communicating the right things at the right time.

If you’ve spent time in a big organisation, you know that a good CEO is responsive to their staff, but they also control communications so they have uninterrupted time to work.


CEOs Use Strategic Thinking

A CEO always has their own ideas.

They can always propose something in a timely manner.

They think strategically, so they always have a plan.

When sudden decisions need to be made, this leader already has an idea ready to propose.

They aren’t easily surprised by changes in the market because they’ve already considered every possibility and have a plan ready for each.

If you can learn to cultivate these traits in your business, you’ll see better growth and more efficient operations.

Master the traits and mindset of CEOs and you’ll see immediate benefits to your business.

Written by 

Co-Founder & CEO of Link Management Group. An Investor & Coach to Small Business Owners, for the past 30 years I have helped startup and early-stage businesses to enter new markets and achieve sustainable growth of both revenue and profits. I have experience across a diverse range of sectors including central government, information services, software, health insurance, pet products, couture fashion, entertainment and aviation.  How can I help your organisation accelerate growth and achieve its full potential? 

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