OFO No: 112101
What is a Chief Executive Officer (CEO)?
A Chief Executive Officer usually holds the top job in a company. In very large companies you might have a team of CEO’s. They can work in variety of different industries, government, NGO’s and other organisations.
A CEO is responsible for overseeing all the different departments in a company. They report to the Board of Directors who in turn, report to the shareholders.
CEO’s may also take a part in managing the company and setting targets, however one of their main tasks is to delegate work, making sure the company sticks to strategies and work towards the long term vision for the company.
As a CEO you will need extremely good managing and people skills as well as being a good leader who can set a good example.
What does a CEO do?
- acts and leader and role model for managers
- creates mission statement for company
- drives the company forward according the company’s vivsion
- motivates senior management
- delegates work & responsibilities to managers
- liaises with managers and executives to plan company stretegies
- prioritises projects
- allocates financial resources
- attends meetings, conferences etc
Are you . . . ?
- passionate about business?
- a good manager?
- a good motivator?
- a good role model?
- good at maths?
- a person with a head for business?
- a good communicator (verbal and written)?
- a decision maker?
How do I become a CEO?
CEO’s don’t become CEO’s straight from college. A CEO holds the top position so it will take time and hard work and experience to get to this point.
CEO’s have usually studied a degree in commerce, business and/or corporate law.
Check your local university to see what they offer: http://www.careerplanet.co.za/institutions
Make sure you meet all their entry requirements.
Once qualified, you will enter the company as a junior or as an assistant. From this position, you will need to learn as much as you can on the job. It’s advisable for you to collect more skills and training to jump ahead of the rest. You need to show that you’re motivated, a team player and that you’re responsible and hard-working before you will get promoted.
CEO’s are usually older because it takes time to gather knowledge and experience.
- CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
- Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
- To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education.
- CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions.
Is becoming a CEO the right career choice for me?