Risk Taking, Business Focus and Determination – 3 Keys to Success

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.

Source: http://www.inc.com/magazine/201409/leigh-buchanan/inc.500-introduction-to-the-2014-winners.html

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.