Five Essential Attributes for Executives: Courage, Conviction, Wisdom, Clarity, Credibility
CCWCC. These 5 letters stand for 5 essential traits that every successful executive today needs to embody. Courage. An executive needs the courage to speak out against conventional thinking, to innovate, and be unafraid to voice an unpopular, but true, opinion. Conviction. If you want to convince anyone that you are right, you must be steady with your opinions and defend them with passion. Wisdom. Sometimes, you can be so sure that you are right that you get tunnel vision. A great executive has the wisdom consider all opinions, not just their own. Clarity. You need to be able to explain yourself clearly, so that everyone understands what you are saying. Credibility. If you lack credibility, then no one is going to take you seriously. Great executives need to build credibility with their thoughts, opinions, and actions (small and large), so when they speak, everyone will be listening. Don’t be afraid to “go back to school” or to learn again! Coaching can help you embody these 5 attributes in the privacy of your office. By internalizing these traits, your ability to communicate your ideas will strengthen fivefold.