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Become A President

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Working As A President

  • 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

  • $157,000

    Average Salary

What Does A President Do

A President sets the goals and strategies of a company, supervises the execution of budgets, and encourages business investment. They are the leaders of businesses, agencies, organizations, universities, or unions.

How To Become A President

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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Real President Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
President, Campbell International Campbell Soup Company Camden, NJ Sep 23, 2015 $676,250
Global President Billabong Burleigh Point, Ltd. Irvine, CA Jan 04, 2016 $632,111
President Beall's, Inc. Bradenton, FL Oct 01, 2015 $615,000
President, Fresh Formats Ahold USA, Inc. Canton, MA Oct 10, 2016 $510,000
President Garden House School of New York New York, NY Jan 16, 2015 $506,306
President-Pilgrim's Pride Mexico Swift Beef Company, A JBS USA Subsidiary Greeley, CO Aug 24, 2015 $400,000
President Railex, LLC New York, NY May 01, 2016 $400,000
President, UAP North America UAP North America Ltd. New York, NY Apr 25, 2016 $400,000
President, International Currency Crane & Co., Inc. Boston, MA Sep 20, 2016 $380,000
President F&O Melrose Place, Inc. West Hollywood, CA May 11, 2015 $375,000
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Top Skills for A President

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Top President Skills

  1. Financial Management
  2. Product Development
  3. Business Development
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Spearheaded comprehensive overhaul of service delivery model and financial management practices.
  • Consulted on marketing communications and product development at major financial institutions.
  • Established sales and marketing organization to implement business development plan increasing sales in strategic industries.
  • Directed all phases of company operations; including retail sales management, customer service, equipment service department, and administration.
  • Approached local and national builders to establish a presence in a very competitive market.

Top President Employers

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What Kind Of Companies Hire a President

  1. Student Government Association
  2. Student Council
  3. National Honor Society
  4. ASQ
  5. Residence Hall Association
  6. Black Student Union
  7. Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity
  8. Key Club
  9. African Student Association
  10. National Society of Collegiate Scholars
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