There is no class called "CEO 101" in school

The job of a CEO is a learned skill. Yet, most people do little to become a great CEO.

It’s one of life’s great ironies that the business leaders who most need professional development seem to work extremely hard to avoid it.

— Michael Girdley (@mgirdley) May 23, 2017

Earlier in my career, I did a pretty horrific job of professional development. I’d read a book here or there. I would read the Wall Street Journal (pre-Rupert Murdoch). But, that’s simply not enough.

The reality is that becoming a great leader of a company requires study and effort and a bit of vulnerability. We don’t have to know all the answers.

Self-improvement can be accelerated by lots of resources like CEO peer groups, reading, informal mentor networks and business coaches.

But, the first step is realizing that none of us are born as great CEOs.

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