No matter how small your company or organization, you can learn something from how CEOs think. 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
A CEO 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 organization to those goals. Even if you’re a freelance service provider or the owner of a simple ecommerce store, you also have to grow your business so it doesn’t stagnate.
Motivating Your Team
The second major concern 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 realize 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 organization 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 organization, you know that a good CEO is responsive to their staff, but they also control communications so they have uninterrupted time to work.
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 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.
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Pat Simes is a Business Strategist, blogger and Founder of Innovative Business Solutions and Innovate Academy. She currently resides in the Midwest and is committed to inspiring and empowering entrepreneurs to transform their vision to reality.