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What does a CEO do?


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With some exceptions, the business leadership culture of an organisation tends to mirror the political leadership of that country, be it good, bad or ugly. In a world where leadership is portrayed to be infallible, ‘sacred’ and full of hype, it would be useful to ask ‘What does a CEO do?’  Here is a possible checklist for self-reflection and self-assessment:

nStrategy Formulation – followed by ensuring execution and performance management

nDeveloping organisational capacity and people development

nEnsuring compliance, governance, sustainability and societal responsibility

nIndulging in feel good, ego boosting initiatives and playing stakeholder politics

 Where is your time spent?

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