This is a repost of an answer on LI:
“What are your own most valuable Executive talents you would offer to an employer?“
My take on that has always been that the most important value is the triptych “Patience, Perseverance, Ethos“. All else are just affectations that are picked up during a professional’s life time.
- Patience with others, patience when facing adversity, patience while overcoming obstacles, patience to make one’s fortune.
- Perseverance towards one’s targets. Persevere towards one’s goals like a wolf relentlessly chasing its pray mile after unending mile.
- Ethos in the work milieu, ethos in the market. Do not compromise for a quick grasp. Lack of ethos will probably create wealth quickly and easily but will not sustain it. Remember prince Madoff ?
An executive’s personality must be build on a solid foundation as noted above no matter the weight of the resume, their technical prowess, academic achievement or posts they manned.
It is extremely important to also note that this is the self same principles that were and are the foundations of all great people. Study Alexander the Great, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Schweitzer etc. etc. and one can easily see this triptych always present at their core.