The CEO Paradox: The Privilege and Accountability of Leadership

Thomas R.Horton



This highly personal look at leadership shows how to manage deftly its paradoxes, demands and temptations. Using his own experiences as CEO of American Management Association for 10 years, as well as his candid observations of CEOs in many other organizations, Horton provides readers with sensible advice for wrestling with the rigours of authority.

Featuring Horton's lively writing style, "The CEO Paradox" is entertaining as well as helpful. The author shares with leaders (and would-be leaders) his own insights on how to nurture the highest qualities within themselves, make informed decisions, bring out the best in subordinates, avoid classic mistakes and cultivate both the inner and outer person. In other words, he shows how to become an effective, accountable CEO.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Duality of Leadership: Horton discusses the dual role of CEOs, who must balance long-term strategic thinking with short-term operational demands, often facing conflicting priorities.

  2. Pressure for Short-Term Results vs. Long-Term Vision: CEOs grapple with the challenge of delivering immediate financial results while also cultivating a vision and strategy that ensures sustainable growth and success in the long run.

  3. Decision-Making under Uncertainty: The book emphasizes how CEOs navigate decision-making in a rapidly changing business environment fraught with uncertainty, requiring agility and adaptability.

  4. Corporate Culture and Values: Horton highlights the crucial role of CEOs in shaping and fostering a corporate culture that aligns with the company's values and objectives.

  5. Balancing Stakeholder Interests: CEOs face the challenge of balancing the interests of various stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, customers, and communities, to ensure overall success and sustainability.

  6. Leadership and Communication: Effective communication and leadership are essential, with CEOs needing to articulate their vision, motivate teams, and align everyone towards shared goals.

  7. Managing Innovation and Risk: CEOs need to foster innovation while also managing risks effectively, striking a balance between pushing boundaries and maintaining stability.

  8. Personal Growth and Self-Reflection: The book might delve into the personal development of CEOs, discussing the importance of continuous learning, self-awareness, and resilience in dealing with the pressures of leadership.

  9. Navigating External Pressures: Horton may discuss how CEOs handle external pressures, such as regulatory changes, geopolitical factors, market volatility, and public scrutiny.

  10. Legacy and Succession Planning: Addressing how CEOs consider their legacies and the importance of succession planning in ensuring a smooth transition and continuity in leadership.

Language English
ISBN-10 0814450938
ISBN-13 9780814450932
No of pages 172
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Amacom
Published Date 26 Oct 1992

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