Are you a trusted advisor to the CEO?
In my capacity as an Executive Coach, I meet behind closed doors with CEOs and Managing Directors and hear all about how they would like their senior team to behave with them. Here’s what they tell me in the privacy of coaching sessions:
The CEO is no fool. They know what's going on in the company. They see all the games being played. They also know the people who are trying to suck up to them.
The challenge the CEO has is to know who they can really trust when all of this is going on. There's an expression 'it's lonely at the top' and it's true. Often the CEO is party to sensitive information. They act as the buffer between the board, the banks and other key stakeholders and the senior management team. They carry a lot of stress on their shoulders and all the while need to continue to perform as an effective leader. Positioning yourself as a trusted adviser to the CEO can have numerous benefits. It's not just about furthering your own career. You can make your CEO's life easier, make your life easier and make you more effective in your own role.
Here are 5 key ways to get your CEO to trust you: