I love this graphic from Inc 500, with the Gallup data on CEO traits.
I find it interesting that the three biggest traits of Inc. 500 CEOs are Risk Taking, Business Focus and Determination.
I am sure that there will be some who will be surprised that risk taking is the number one trait.
But risk taking isn’t really much of a risk when you have tremendous focus and determination, as these are great risk mitigators.
Risk becomes an issue when you lack determination and focus, in fact I would say the lack of determination and business focus would be the biggest risk you could have in a CEO.
Calculated risks are needed for us to be successful, if we always play it safe we will never really win big.