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Working As A Business Leader

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $115,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Business Leader Do

Top executives devise strategies and policies to ensure that an organization meets its goals. They plan, direct, and coordinate operational activities of companies and organizations.

Duties

Top executives typically do the following:

  • Establish and carry out departmental or organizational goals, policies, and procedures
  • Direct and oversee an organization’s financial and budgetary activities
  • Manage general activities related to making products and providing services
  • Consult with other executives, staff, and board members about general operations
  • Negotiate or approve contracts and agreements
  • Appoint department heads and managers
  • Analyze financial statements, sales reports, and other performance indicators
  • Identify places to cut costs and to improve performance, policies, and programs

The responsibilities of top executives largely depend on an organization’s size. For example, an owner or manager of a small organization, such as an independent retail store, often is responsible for purchasing, hiring, training, quality control, and day-to-day supervisory duties. In large organizations, however, top executives typically focus more on formulating policies and strategic planning, while general and operations managers direct day-to-day operations.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the private sector:

Chief executive officers (CEOs), who are also known by titles such as executive director, managing director, or president, provide overall direction for companies and organizations. CEOs manage company operations, formulate and implement policies, and ensure goals are met. They collaborate with and direct the work of other top executives and typically report to a board of directors.

Chief operating officers (COOs) oversee other executives who direct the activities of various departments, such as human resources and sales. They also carry out the organization’s guidelines on a day-to-day basis.

General and operations managers oversee operations that are too diverse and general to be classified into one area of management or administration. Responsibilities may include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources. They make staff schedules, assign work, and ensure that projects are completed. In some organizations, the tasks of chief executive officers may overlap with those of general and operations managers.

The following are examples of types of top executives working in the public sector:

Mayors, along with governors, city managers, and county administrators, are chief executive officers of governments. They typically oversee budgets, programs, and the use of resources. Mayors and governors must be elected to office, whereas managers and administrators are typically appointed. 

Most educational systems, regardless of whether they are public or private school systems, also employ executive officers. The following are examples of top executives working in the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary educational school systems:

School superintendents and college or university presidents are chief executive officers of school districts and postsecondary schools. They manage issues such as student achievement, budgets and resources, general operations, and relations with government agencies and other stakeholders.

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How To Become A Business Leader

Although education and training requirements vary widely by position and industry, many top executives have at least a bachelor’s degree and a considerable amount of work experience. 

Education

Many top executives have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in business administration or in an area related to their field of work. Top executives in the public sector often have a degree in business administration, public administration, law, or the liberal arts. Top executives of large corporations often have a master’s degree in business administration (MBA).

College presidents and school superintendents are typically required to have a master’s degree, although a doctorate is often preferred.

Although many mayors, governors, or other public sector executives have at least a bachelor’s degree, these positions typically do not have any specific education requirements.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many top executives advance within their own firm, moving up from lower level managerial or supervisory positions. However, other companies may prefer to hire qualified candidates from outside their organization. Top executives who are promoted from lower level positions may be able to substitute experience for education to move up in the company. For example, in industries such as retail trade or transportation, workers without a college degree may work their way up to higher levels within the company to become executives or general managers.

Chief executives typically need extensive managerial experience. Executives are also expected to have experience in the organization’s area of specialty. Most general and operations managers hired from outside an organization need lower level supervisory or management experience in a related field.

Some general managers advance to higher level managerial or executive positions. Company training programs, executive development programs, and certification can often benefit managers or executives hoping to advance.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Top executives must be able to communicate clearly and persuasively. They must effectively discuss issues and negotiate with others, direct subordinates, and explain their policies and decisions to those within and outside the organization.

Decisionmaking skills. Top executives need decisionmaking skills when setting policies and managing an organization. They must assess different options and choose the best course of action, often daily.

Leadership skills. Top executives must be able to lead an organization successfully by coordinating policies, people, and resources.

Management skills. Top executives must shape and direct the operations of an organization. For example, they must manage business plans, employees, and budgets.

Problem-solving skills. Top executives need to identify and resolve issues within an organization. They must be able to recognize shortcomings and effectively carry out solutions.

Time-management skills. Top executives do many tasks at the same time, typically under their own direction, to ensure that their work gets done and that they meet their goals.

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Business Leader Career Paths

Business Leader
Vice President
Vice President & General Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Vice President Senior Vice President
President & Chief Operating Officer
13 Yearsyrs
Vice President Vice President And Manager
Vice President Operation Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Director Director Of Human Resources
Human Resources Vice President
12 Yearsyrs
Director Information Technology Director
Vice President Of Information Technology
12 Yearsyrs
Director Operations Director
Regional Director Of Operations
11 Yearsyrs
President Senior Vice President
Director Of Strategy
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director Sales Vice President
Vice President Of Sales & Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Operations Director
Supply Chain Director
14 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Marketing Manager
Senior Manager Of Marketing
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Operations Manager
Distribution Center Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Program Manager
Operations Program Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Vice President Managing Director
Logistics Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Director Sales Vice President
Global Director
14 Yearsyrs
Managing Director Client Services Director
Director Of Service And Operations
11 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Senior Operations Manager
Assistant Vice President Operations
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Category Manager
Planning Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Supply Chain Manager Process Improvement Manager
Continuous Improvement Manager
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Store Manager Senior Operations Manager
Head Operator
6 Yearsyrs
Sales And Operations Manager Team Manager
Group Manager
7 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Senior Manager 4.2 years
Business Partner 3.6 years
Business Director 3.3 years
Region Leader 3.1 years
Business Leader 3.0 years
Top Careers Before Business Leader
Manager 7.7%
Consultant 5.6%
Internship 5.4%
Director 5.0%
Top Careers After Business Leader
Consultant 6.8%
Manager 5.6%
Leader 5.0%
Director 5.0%
Volunteer 4.8%
Internship 4.7%
President 4.5%
Cashier 4.5%

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Business Leader Demographics

Gender

Male

55.1%

Female

32.3%

Unknown

12.6%
Ethnicity

White

59.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

10.8%

Asian

10.7%

Unknown

4.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

43.8%

French

7.6%

Mandarin

6.9%

Hindi

4.9%

Portuguese

4.9%

German

4.2%

Chinese

3.5%

Arabic

3.5%

Italian

2.8%

Japanese

2.8%

Urdu

2.8%

Korean

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Gujarati

1.4%

Malay

1.4%

Norwegian

1.4%

Carrier

1.4%

Czech

1.4%

Swedish

0.7%

Dutch

0.7%
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Business Leader Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

22.4%

Pennsylvania State University

6.7%

Purdue University

5.9%

New York University

4.8%

Ohio State University

4.8%

Michigan State University

4.5%

Webster University

4.5%

University of Washington

4.5%

University of Houston

4.5%

Northwestern University

3.7%

Northeastern University

3.7%

Cornell University

3.5%

George Washington University

3.5%

Oklahoma State University

3.5%

University of Chicago

3.5%

University of South Florida

3.2%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

3.2%

Georgia State University

3.2%

University of Texas at Austin

3.2%

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

3.2%
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Majors

Business

38.0%

Management

7.4%

Finance

7.4%

Marketing

6.9%

Accounting

5.7%

Computer Science

4.1%

Communication

3.2%

Computer Information Systems

2.6%

Information Technology

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.4%

Psychology

2.3%

Mechanical Engineering

2.2%

Human Resources Management

2.2%

Economics

2.0%

Supply Chain Management

2.0%

Project Management

1.9%

Education

1.9%

Management Information Systems

1.7%

Criminal Justice

1.7%

Industrial Engineering

1.6%
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Degrees

Bachelors

42.7%

Masters

33.7%

Other

14.4%

Associate

3.7%

Certificate

2.4%

Doctorate

1.8%

Diploma

0.9%

License

0.3%
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$86,000
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Best Paying Company
MOS Plastics
Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
Texas
Avg Experience Level
3.0 years
How much does a Business Leader make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Business Leader in the United States is $115,412 per year or $55 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $86,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $153,000.

Real Business Leader Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Strategic Business Lead and Principal Consultant Asap Solutions Group Atlanta, GA Jun 22, 2015 $482,619
Business Lead DDB Worldwide Communications Group, Inc. San Francisco, CA Feb 15, 2016 $250,000 -
$290,000
Talent Management Business Lead Hp Inc. Palo Alto, CA Nov 16, 2015 $191,880
International Business Leader Roche Sequencing Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Nov 04, 2016 $187,907 -
$292,200
International Business Leader Roche Sequencing Solutions, Inc. San Jose, CA Apr 11, 2016 $187,907 -
$292,200
Senior Business Leader Mastercard International Incorporated NY Aug 15, 2016 $185,224 -
$259,200
Senior Business Leader, Advanced Analytics Mastercard International Incorporated NY Feb 02, 2016 $185,000
Business Leader for Mobile Content Operations VMS Communications LLC Miami, FL Sep 10, 2015 $180,000
Business Leader for Mobile Content Operations VMS Communications LLC Miami, FL Oct 09, 2015 $180,000
Business Leader, Mobile Wallet Solutions Mastercard International Incorporated NY Jan 09, 2016 $175,000
Business Leader, Product Mastercard International Incorporated New York, NY Jan 12, 2015 $173,250
Senior Business Leader, Mobile Products Visa USA Miami, FL Feb 12, 2015 $171,360 -
$191,360
Business Leader, Software Engineering Mastercard International Incorporated San Carlos, CA Apr 24, 2015 $170,000
Business Leader, Product Management Mastercard International Incorporated Miami, FL Jan 12, 2015 $167,000
Business Leader, Software Engineering Mastercard International Incorporated OFallon, MO Oct 24, 2015 $134,460
Business Leader, Customer Risk Management Mastercard International Incorporated NY Nov 24, 2015 $134,000
Finance Business Solution Delivery Lead Accenture LLP Milpitas, CA Feb 03, 2016 $134,000
Finance Business Solution Delivery Lead Accenture LLP San Jose, CA Feb 03, 2016 $134,000
Friction Segment Business Leader Enpro Associates, LLC Rome, GA Sep 11, 2015 $132,400
Friction Segment Business Leader Stemco LP Rome, GA May 15, 2015 $132,400
Friction Segment Business Leader Stemco Kaiser Inc. Longview, TX Nov 17, 2015 $132,400
Business Leader, Software Engineering Mastercard International Incorporated San Carlos, CA Jun 10, 2015 $132,000 -
$205,600
Business Leader, Software Engineer Mastercard International Incorporated OFallon, MO Sep 02, 2015 $118,395 -
$134,000
Oracle E-Business Tehcnical Lead Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Alpharetta, GA Jun 01, 2016 $118,279
Oracle E-Business Technical Lead Sierra-Cedar, Inc. Orlando, FL Feb 19, 2015 $118,279
IT Business Lead-Business Planning Mos Holdings Inc. FL Aug 06, 2015 $116,500
Alip Business Configuration Lead Accenture LLP Hillsborough, NJ Jul 29, 2015 $116,126
Alip Business Configuration Lead Accenture LLP TX Jul 29, 2015 $116,126
Alip Business Configuration Lead Accenture LLP Houston, TX Jul 29, 2015 $116,126

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Top Skills for A Business Leader

  1. Business Development
  2. Strategic Plan
  3. Customer Service
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  • Work with Merchandising Business Development Managers to document business processes for item management, pricing and promotion.
  • Develop and implement organizational strategic plans, interface regularly with senior stakeholders and lead various global groups.
  • Directed management teams through LEAN process mapping activities to identify opportunities for increased efficiency, lower cost or improved customer service.
  • Analyze significant/unique contract requirements and special provisions to ensure compliance with regulations and company policy.
  • Maintained administrative procedures including purchase order, sales performance charts, quality control vendor delivery deadlines and transportation performance accuracy data.

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