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CEOs are Quitting Too - Part 2 - Ep 23

In the recent podcast episode 23, personal growth coach John Ballinger navigates the transformative journey of leadership every CEO needs. In today's dynamic corporate environment, the qualities defining a successful CEO have significantly shifted over time. A significant factor driving this change is the increasing recognition of emotional intelligence's critical role in effective leadership.


Ballinger emphasizes the need for leaders to be self-aware and practice selfless leadership. Self-awareness enables leaders to understand their strengths, weaknesses, and emotional reactions, make better decisions, and manage their teams more effectively. Selfless leadership, on the other hand, prioritizes the team's needs over personal gain, fostering trust and cooperation within the organization.


A compelling illustration of trust and communication in leadership can be seen in the operations of the Blue Angels, a Navy group known for precision and teamwork. Flying at speeds of up to seven hundred miles an hour requires an extraordinary level of trust and communication among the team members, reflecting the kind of trust necessary in high-stakes leadership.


In addition to emotional intelligence and trust, Ballinger shares 23 character traits that Forbes magazine has determined will be needed by tomorrow's CEOs to succeed.

  1. Communication

  2. Emotional Intelligence

  3. Integrity

  4. Accountability

  5. Confidence

  6. Creativity

  7. Humility

  8. Decision Making

  9. Problem-Solving

  10. Self-Awareness

  11. Innovation

  12. Learning

  13. Honesty

  14. Resilience

  15. Delegation

  16. Active-listening

  17. Courage

  18. Strategy

  19. Optimism

  20. Charisma

  21. Empathy

  22. Decisiveness

  23. Passion

Contrary to common belief, these are not inherent traits but skills that can be learned, nurtured, and refined over time.


As we look towards the future, cultivating these leadership qualities in the next generation is paramount. The world is evolving, and so must our approach to leadership. Emotional intelligence and self-awareness are vital traits that future leaders need to develop.


In closing, it is essential to remember that leadership is a journey, not a destination. It requires constant learning, adaptation, and growth. With the proper guidance and commitment, today's leaders can evolve into the leaders of tomorrow, equipped with emotional intelligence, self-awareness, and the necessary character traits to navigate the complex leadership landscape of the future.


Leadership is not a position or a title but a set of skills and character traits that can be developed and refined. As we navigate the evolving leadership landscape, let us strive to embody these traits, foster a culture of trust and communication, and inspire the leaders of tomorrow.

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