Andrew Miller What Separates Great Business Leaders from Good Ones 


Running a company is one of the most intense and time-consuming things a person can do.  Your entire personality is intrinsically linked to how your business does, and your life trajectory is closely tied to it as well.  Neither of these are terrible traits, but they’re common amongst CEOs.


If you’re unsure where the line between good and bad business leaders lies, you’re in luck. Former Polycom CEO Andrew Miller presents the top ways to notice if someone is a good or a lousy CEO.

Do They Listen To Their Employees?

Your employees are the lifeblood of your company.  They’re who the customers meet first, the hands that put together your product, or the advertising people who work to get your business name out there.  Everything these workers do is there for you to be able to benefit and learn from.  If a CEO doesn’t listen to their employees, they’re setting themself and their company up for massive failure.  Employees have their fingers on the pulse of your business; let them tell you what they’ve noticed.

How Do They Handle Failure?

Handling failure is something intrinsically crucial for business.  If you can’t take a loss, you could be setting your company up for a big meltdown and crash.  The best way to handle a failure or setback is to note what went wrong, figure out what you can do to fix it, and take note of how to stop this from happening again in the future.

Do They Give Back To Their Community?

Charitable behaviors are vital for any good CEO.  Donating can aid your area and will help them see your company in a better light.  You could send money to foundations, but it’s better to get out there and do some concrete work.  Most of the top businesses in America offer time for their employees to get out there and help the community: this creates a familial feeling for the company and a better environment for everyone.

How Do They Treat People In ‘Lesser’ Positions?

CEOs who greet and respect those working far beneath them are CEOs who will be respected and listened to.  Don’t ignore workers like janitors or factory workers, within your business.  These employees put in large stretches of their day to help further your dream, and although you pay them, your emotional support is also vital.  If you ignore your employees or treat them poorly, you’ll end up with a higher turn-over rate, which could lead to a crisis in scheduling and training.

Do They Take Their Time Off?

Being a workaholic can take years off your life, but many people cling to this as some personality trait.  You should take your work and life balance seriously and not ignore how vital it is to give yourself rest times and days.  People like Elon Musk, who worked the 100-hour workweek for several years, are running themselves ragged.  Just because people like him may have survived on this work schedule doesn’t mean that you have to or should.

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Andrew Miller What Separates Great Business Leaders from Good Ones 
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