Straight Talk — CEO success

The question of what it takes to be a successful CEO, which we consider in our feature beginning on page 8, is one that long has fascinated me. I have been collecting success stories (and failure stories) in the back of my mind for more than 20 years. As I mull those over, at least four character traits continually surface as I think about what a CEO needs to be successful.First, a CEO needs a sense of mission. There are many competent people in the business world, but they don’t stand out unless . . .

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