For Jared Seyl Denver was the place where he always wanted to succeed, he was born here, lived a great childhood here and during his college years in Greenwood, CO, he knew that he was destined for greatness right here in Denver, which he would eventually go on to achieve. Jared is a highly successful business person and CEO f an insurance company which specializes in farmers insurance, who has always heard Denver close to his heart. I was fortunate enough to steal some time with Jared recently to discuss what kind of skills CEOs share and if you want to reach such lofty heights in your career, here is what you’ll need too.
Eye on the Horizon
Jared has always been proud of his ability to always keep one eye on the future and he attributes this to being able to spot any problems which are on their way, as well as being able to find gaps in the market and future customer trends. Jared has friends who are also CEOs and he talks about how each of them have the same skill when it comes to being able to focus on both the present and the future at the same time.
Far too many people believe that communication skills are just about being able to convey a message with clarity but there is much more to it than this. Something which Jared and other successful CEOs like him have the ability to do is not only talk, but they know how and when to listen. CEOs don’t get to where they are all on their own and they must have people around them offering great advice, they must also have the skill to know when to listen to such advice.
At the root of the role of a Chief Executive Officer is a leader and what leaders must be able to do is motivate people and inspire them to be their best selves. This is a very difficult skill to learn as different individuals require different types of motivation. Jared and many CEOs like him are able to spot the type of individual that they are working with and understand exactly how to approach motivating them in order to get the best results.
The team within any business is only as strong as its weakest link and CEOs understand this and are able to fuse teams together who can work in perfect synergy. A dynamic and successful team is not just a collection of great individuals, they must be a collection of individuals who can work perfectly with one another and who can inspire each other to work hard and to do better. The skill which people like Jared must have therefore is the ability to put these teams together, concentrating on the unit rather than solely the ability of the individual.
These four skills are possessed by every successful CEO in the world and if that is a position which you are aiming for, you too must possess them.