Glassdoor recently unveiled their list of the highest-rated CEOs in large U.S. companies based on ratings from employees. (To see the results in other countries, simply select a different country from the drop-down menu.) Needless to say, our world is facing a global leadership crisis, not only in business but also in education, government, and religion. However, these leaders are bucking the trend – they get it. For this reason, I applaud them:
- Benno Dorer, The Clorox Company
- Jim Kavanaugh, World Wide Technology
- Michael Mahoney, Boston Scientific
- Craig Thompson,Memorial Sloan Kettering
- Martin Rankin,Fast Enterprises
- Jen-Hsun Huang,NVIDIA
- Bob Bechek,Bain & Company
- Elon Musk,SpaceX
- Brian Halligan,HubSpot
- Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook
How far down the list did I need to scroll until I found a woman? Lucky number 21 – Pam Nicholson of Enterprise Holdings. In 2007 she was also inducted into the Fortune Top 50 Most Powerful Women list as number 44. However, let’s not make this about gender equality. Let’s make this about the traits that make someone an effective leader, according to Murray Newlands, a VIP Contributor to entrenepreur.com:
- Be a positive role model.
- Be humble.
- Practice effective communication.
- Be emotionally aware.
- Encourage creativity.
- Be passionate about your work.
- Know your team.
- Think positive.
- Be yourself.
- Study past leaders.
- Challenge your staff.
BE AWESOME! Review the list and evaluate your leadership abilities. Where are you strongest and where do you need to improve? There are two schools of thought about what to do next. One says to leverage your strengths and make them even stronger, whereas another says to address the areas where you need improvement. My approach? I’ve identified my strengths, leveraged them and made them stronger. But I’ll leave that decision up to you.
Jill Christensen is an employee engagement expert, best-selling author, and international keynote speaker. She was recently named a Top 100 Global Employee Engagement Influencer, authored the best-selling book, If Not You, Who? Cracking the Code of Employee Disengagement, and works with the best and brightest global leaders to improve productivity and retention, customer satisfaction, and revenue growth. Jill can be reached at +1.303.999.9224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.