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Working As A Chief Executive Officer

  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $172,500

    Average Salary

What Does A Chief Executive Officer Do

A Chief Executive Officer is responsible for managing the overall operations of a company, including product development, marketing, communications, and logistics. They manage the financial and physical resources of organizations.

How To Become A Chief Executive Officer

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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42 Chief Executive Officer jobs

Securitas Security Svc USA
Ashburn, VA
SUSA Flex Officer

$81,847 Estimated

Erickson Living
Ashburn, VA
Executive Assistant

$45,000 Estimated

Alutiiq
Ashburn, VA
Enhanced Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Erickson Living
Ashburn, VA
Executive Assistant

$45,000 Estimated

Curtiss Wright
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Curtiss-Wright Corporation
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Allied Universal
Ashburn, VA
FLEX Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Alutiiq
Ashburn, VA
Enhanced Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Jobleads
Ashburn, VA
Business Sales Account Executive

$57,689 Estimated

TTEC
Ashburn, VA
Professional Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Allied Universal
Ashburn, VA
Professional Security Officer

$24,960 Estimated

Allied Universal Security
Ashburn, VA
Security Operations Center (SOC) Officer

$134,540 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
NetSuite EPM Account Executive

$57,689 Estimated

HCR Manorcare
Ashburn, VA
Executive director (Ashburn,VA)

$111,000 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Acquisition Client Executive

$51,700 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
Executive Leadership Recruiter

$48,001 Estimated

Oracle
Ashburn, VA
NetSuite EPM Account Executive

$57,689 Estimated

Securitas Security Svc USA
Ashburn, VA
SUSA Security Officer - Regular

$24,960 Estimated

Allied Universal
Ashburn, VA
Security Officer - DoD Cleared

$24,960 Estimated

Jobleads
Ashburn, VA
NetSuite EPM Account Executive

$57,689 Estimated

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Real Chief Executive Officer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
KFC Global CEO Yum! Restaurants International, Inc. Plano, TX Jan 12, 2016 $800,000
Chief Executive Officer Fila U.S.A., Inc. MD Sep 30, 2015 $720,620
Chief Executive Officer Fila U.S.A., Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2015 $720,620
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) LNG Management Services LLC Houston, TX Jun 22, 2015 $691,508 -
$741,508
Chief Executive Officer Stillwater Mining Company Billings, MT Sep 05, 2015 $660,000
Chief Executive Officer Act, Inc. Iowa City, IA Sep 09, 2015 $620,000
Chief Executive Officer Act, Inc. Iowa City, IA Sep 19, 2015 $620,000
Chief Executive Officer Exclusive Resorts, LLC Denver, CO Sep 05, 2015 $600,000
CEO Excel Trust, Inc. San Diego, CA Apr 18, 2016 $600,000
Chief Executive Officer Parnell Corporate Services Us Inc. Overland Park, KS Dec 01, 2016 $586,457
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Top Skills for A Chief Executive Officer

FinancialManagementWebProductDevelopmentStrategicPartnershipsComplianceTravelArrangementsCustomerServiceBusinessDevelopmentPayrollFacilityBusinessPlanExpenseReportsHealthcareInternationalTravelA/PProjectManagementSafetyHumanResourcesRealEstateStrategicPlan

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Top Chief Executive Officer Skills

  1. Financial Management
  2. Web
  3. Product Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Experienced in client acquisition/management, recruiting, personnel management and financial management.
  • Edited web content of a study-abroad company that was recently acquired by ISA.
  • Project management: resources and financial planning for vertical business growth and numerous embedded product development from concept to production.
  • Lead company efforts to develop and secure strategic partnerships to enhance business operations.
  • Adhere to strict compliance with mandated governmental regulations involving all operational procedures.

Top Chief Executive Officer Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire a Chief Executive Officer

  1. Bank of America
  2. Community Health Systems
  3. American Red Cross
  4. Davita
  5. YMCA
  6. Reaching Out Loud
  7. United States Army
  8. Kindred Healthcare
  9. City of Torrington, Ct
  10. SL Corporation
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