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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

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 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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Average Length of Employment
President/Owner 7.8 years
Managing Partner 5.0 years
Division President 4.6 years
Principal 4.5 years
Managing Director 4.4 years
Bank President 4.4 years
Vice President 4.3 years
Managing Member 4.0 years
President 4.0 years
Director 3.7 years
Division Director 3.5 years
National Director 3.5 years
Founder 3.4 years
Deputy Director 3.2 years
College President 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Internship 11.2%
Volunteer 6.2%
Director 4.5%
Secretary 4.2%
Manager 4.1%
Treasurer 4.1%
Consultant 3.0%
Owner 2.9%
Top Employers After
Internship 13.2%
Volunteer 7.3%
Consultant 5.4%
Owner 4.7%
Director 4.4%
Manager 3.7%
Teacher 2.8%
Leader 2.6%

President Demographics

Gender

Male

60.9%

Female

35.7%

Unknown

3.4%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Asian

9.8%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Unknown

2.1%

Black or African American

0.8%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

42.2%

French

12.7%

Chinese

7.3%

Mandarin

6.2%

German

5.0%

Italian

3.2%

Arabic

3.1%

Japanese

3.1%

Portuguese

2.9%

Korean

2.5%

Russian

2.5%

Hindi

1.9%

Cantonese

1.9%

Hebrew

1.1%

Vietnamese

1.0%

Urdu

0.9%

Greek

0.8%

Carrier

0.8%

Tagalog

0.5%

Dutch

0.4%
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President Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

9.2%

Pennsylvania State University

6.2%

Michigan State University

6.1%

University of Florida

5.8%

University of Texas at Austin

5.1%

Cornell University

5.1%

New York University

5.0%

Purdue University

4.9%

Florida State University

4.7%

Northwestern University

4.6%

Harvard University

4.6%

Syracuse University

4.6%

Iowa State University

4.5%

University of Southern California

4.4%

George Washington University

4.4%

Boston University

4.3%

University of Iowa

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Auburn University

4.1%

Texas A&M University

4.0%
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Majors

Business

28.1%

Marketing

6.6%

Finance

6.1%

Communication

5.7%

Political Science

5.6%

Management

5.5%

Psychology

5.3%

Accounting

4.9%

Economics

3.4%

Law

3.4%

Education

3.2%

Biology

3.0%

Computer Science

2.9%

Mechanical Engineering

2.9%

English

2.7%

Criminal Justice

2.6%

Electrical Engineering

2.3%

History

2.0%

Public Relations

2.0%

Nursing

1.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

49.5%

Masters

21.9%

Other

16.7%

Doctorate

5.0%

Associate

4.0%

Certificate

2.2%

Diploma

0.4%

License

0.2%
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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 Railex, LLC New York, NY May 01, 2016 $400,000
President-Pilgrim's Pride Mexico Swift Beef Company, A JBS USA Subsidiary Greeley, CO Aug 24, 2015 $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
President, Worldwide Markets Celgene Corporation Summit, NJ Nov 09, 2016 $365,500 -
$494,500
President-for The Record LTD FTR Ltd Williamsburg, VA Apr 01, 2015 $350,000
President Leica Microsystems Inc. Cincinnati, OH Jul 01, 2015 $244,234 -
$380,000
President American Hydro Corporation York, PA Mar 14, 2015 $242,050
President, Lending Solutions Fiserv Automotive Solutions, Inc. Lake Mary, FL Jan 02, 2016 $241,600 -
$362,400
President, Lending Solutions Fiserv Automotive Solutions, Inc. King of Prussia, PA Jan 03, 2016 $241,600 -
$362,400
President Omaha Multi-Sport Complex Omaha, NE Oct 11, 2016 $240,000
President and Head of School Lycee Francais de Chicago Chicago, IL Aug 17, 2016 $240,000
President and Head of School Lycee Francais de Chicago Chicago, IL Aug 03, 2016 $240,000
President and Head of School Lycee Francais de Chicago Chicago, IL Aug 20, 2015 $240,000
President Oilfield Steel Supply, LLC Magnolia, TX Jul 25, 2016 $197,642 -
$250,000
President Paul Wurth Inc. Valparaiso, IN Aug 06, 2016 $197,142
President, Hexagon Mining Leica Geosystems Mining, Inc. Tucson, AZ Sep 12, 2015 $193,066 -
$400,000
President Sterilis Medical Corporation Boxborough, MA Oct 23, 2015 $190,000 -
$250,000
President Hansen Technologies North America Inc. New York, NY Apr 08, 2015 $187,830
President Ludvig Svensson, Inc. Charlotte, NC Nov 17, 2016 $187,830
President Winverts, Inc. Tustin, CA Sep 03, 2015 $187,830
President Seven Corners Insurance Solutions, Inc. El Segundo, CA Jul 10, 2015 $187,199 -
$200,000

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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.

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