CEO checklist: How do you stack up?

Former YES Network CEO Leo Hindery says these are the essential traits that any CEO needs to succeed:
  • Being bright, educated and well-informed.

  • Having an inquiring mind.

  • Showing a willingness to work hard.

  • Staying in good physical condition.

  • Displaying honesty and ethics.

  • Presenting a sense of fair play.

  • Feeling comfortable with oneself.

  • Displaying a genuine love of people.

  • Taking risks and admitting being wrong.

  • Making tough decisions quickly.

  • Demonstrating patience … up to a point.

  • Having the knack for spotting talent.

  • Delegating decisively.

  • Knowing where the buck really stops.
—Adapted from It Takes a CEO, Leo Hindery, Free Press.