Doing a Gut-Check
What’s the best way to transform yourself from hustling entrepreneur to foundational CEO? Being a founder of a company and working as a CEO take two very different skill sets, and having one doesn’t mean you’re good at both.
It all starts with a gut check and a solid amount of self-awareness. First, you need to ask yourself, “Do I want to be a CEO?” Not everyone wants to transition from entrepreneur to CEO. Some people are happy building an organization, and then moving on to build another – and that’s great! But if the answer is yes, then you have to take a deep look at yourself and say ok, where do I need to improve? Where am I lacking? What does a great CEO look like, and where are the gaps in my skills?
It’s hard to give yourself that perspective. The best way to look at your situation is by getting honest, compassionate feedback from others – both those you work with, and by hiring a consultant who’s experienced, informed, and ready to help you develop to become the best CEO you can be.
You have to be really honest with yourself, identifying your strengths and your weaknesses – and those may not be what you think! Self-awareness is an ongoing process, and not one we can realistically do on our own. When I first realized I wasn’t being a great CEO, I started talking to my leadership team. But I really found my gap when I went to my first MAP Vital Factors workshop. They did a deep-dive diagnostic, showed me what a great CEO looks like, and I saw the difference – I saw clearly where I could improve. I wasn’t great at accountability, and that’s why I put the Vital Factors system into my business. That was the only way to make me a better CEO, and to make my company stronger.
I had to take myself to a place where I could be humble and introspective. There’s a confident audacity that helps most entrepreneurial founders, but when they become the CEO of a thriving company, that strength can becomes a weakness. A great CEO needs the humility to really look at yourself from a higher perspective and accept that you’ve got to be better, and the company needs you to be better. If you don’t have the humility to do a gut check and figure out how to take your game to the next level, the you certainly don’t have the humility to connect with the people in your organization. They’ll see right through you.
You have to create an environment where you can have candid conversations about your skills and your business, and how to learn the skills you need to move forward as a CEO. And the best way to do that is to invite someone who is educated and experienced in being a successful CEO to take a look at your practices, and tell you exactly how you could improve.
So, what are you waiting for?