Even though being an executive in any organisation can be a fulfilling job, it can also be a very challenging one. To be successful, you must have certain strong personal characteristics to take you through the day-to-day challenges. Some of these characteristics include:

1. Good Communication Skills
The business world is much more than putting ideas on the table. You have to know how to discuss the ideas in an understandable manner to your juniors during meetings. You must be able to stand confidently in front of everyone and speak coherently whenever you are addressing important issues. Always maintain eye contact to make sure everyone is listening when you are talking to them. Most importantly, you should always listen to your juniors or customers when they have something to say and act accordingly.

2. Commitment and Passion
Being a committed and passionate executive will help you promote and maintain a driven workforce. Commitment and passion require honesty, hard work, and excitement. You have to develop the habit of reporting to work early and leaving the office only after making sure that everything is in order. By doing this on a regular basis, you will always be able to project a sense of teamwork among your juniors and promote collaboration for the betterment of your organisation.

3. High Self-Esteem
As an executive, you have no choice but to have a strong sense of self-worth at all times. This means that you must have the ability to accept failures and criticisms without being egotistical. Accepting your failures and learning from them will enable you to make the right decisions and be a great leader. Note that as a leader, you cannot please everyone no matter what you do. So, be yourself and lead your juniors according to your wishes and principles, as long as you are doing the right thing.

4. Quick Thinker
You should always be able to identify and solve issues in a timely and effective manner. Markets, buyer behaviour, challenges, and opportunities change unpredictably all the time and hence, quick action is very essential for a good executive. You should always anticipate upcoming work and serve your organisation to the best of your ability.

5. Ability to Multi-Task
Due to the fact that you will inevitably have many tasks to do from time to time, you have to learn how to work under pressure and juggle deadlines in a responsible and organised way, either at home or at the workplace. This means that you have to be realistic about what to handle and always understand the timing of all documents and projects.

6. Flexibility
Being an executive requires a flexible attitude and being able to adjust to the fast-changing business environment. Apart from working during the normal hours, you should also be able handle emergency situations during weekends and late nights. You will sometimes be forced to cancel some plans to deal with critical situations.

7. Humility
To stand out from the rest, you have to be a humble and approachable person. This will make communication between you and your colleagues better, enabling you to understand everyone’s strengths and weaknesses and how to deal with them. This will also pave the way for people to chip in valuable suggestions to help you lead effectively.

8. Good Sense of Humour
The working environment can sometimes be tense and hectic. This is why you should always try to be friendly with your colleagues and share light moments with them once in a while to make them feel more comfortable and to be more productive while working.

9. Motivator
Do not be the kind of person who only looks for faults in order to rebuke others. Try as much as possible to motivate your juniors by appreciating their efforts, giving them promotions, and increasing their salaries. By doing this, you will be nurturing happy and dedicated employees who will be ready to do anything for your organisation to stay at the top.

10. Risk Taker
A frightened and apprehensive executive can easily lead an organisation to a downfall. So, you must always be courageous enough to take risks and go beyond the expected levels of influence and responsibility.

Georgina Stewart
Georgina Stewart has worked in the executive search business for a number of years and has been lucky enough to recruit for various international and local organisations. She currently works for Marble Hill Partners, who help provide interim management. Connect with her at her Member Profile.
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