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The 3 Different Chief Executive Leadership Styles: What kind Of CEO Are You?

Fortunately, you’ve managed to land that all-important meeting with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a company that you’re interested in. It’s not often you get the chance. So before you meet a real revolutionary high-ranking executive, remember to try to find out which type of CEO that he is.

So how do you connect with and influence a high-ranking executive? Below are three different chief executive leadership styles (CEO types), you need to know before your meeting:


1) An effective and efficient manager – They are reliable and committed executive, sees an opportunity in every problem, applies knowledge, works smarter, and exploits opportunities, yet struggle to inspire workforce and do innovative breakthroughs.

Example: Tim Cook, Chief Executive of Apple Inc. the world’s second-largest information technology company by revenue after Samsung Electronics.

How do you influence:  Listen and respect! And do not hesitate to mention risk involved and consequences of not moving forward.

2) A Corporate Entrepreneur –  All of these types of executives, disrupt industries because they believe in a better way of doing things and always have something to prove to the world. Their vision for their company is their vision for life.

Example: Steve Jobs, co-founder and former chief executive of Apple Inc.

How do you influence:  Look for an opportunity and when they challenge you, push back hard… keep on pushing in such a way that shows you know what you are doing. This strategy will earn you respect.

3) A Rising Star and Global Missionary – Their personal and corporate mission to make significant difference in society, as well as in company. They are inspiring and energizing.

Example: Narayana Murthy, co-founder and executive Chairman at Infosys, the third-largest India-based IT services company.

How do you influence: Try to understand their mission and share yours.

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Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj
Dr. Amarendra Bhushan Dhiraj is the CEO and editorial director at CEOWORLD magazine, the leading global business magazine written strictly for CEOs, CFOs, top managers, company directors, investors, senior executives, business leaders, and high net worth individuals.
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