Why does everyone want the title of CEO in a company?
Is it prestige? Is it ego? Or do some people that want the title actually have a real sense of being best for the job and knowing they can be great at it?
Of course, it’s a great title! Who doesn’t want to say, “Hi, I’m CEO of KickAss Company ABC?” But I’ve got news for you kid — Not everyone should be CEO.
No matter if you start the company or not, it doesn’t mean that you’re the person to lead it.
Founding a company is incredible. But, if the company takes off and your skillsets, passion, and lifestyle are not conducive to what it takes to take the company from Founding to Legacy, you shouldn’t hold onto the title of Head Honcho because you feel it’s owed to you.
It’s okay to not be CEO of your own company. At the end of the day, what should be focused on is success and the legacy that you leave behind.
For example: If you love to code, hate finance and hate managing people… Maybe the CEO isn’t the role for you.
Or, another example: If you love to work with customers and drive business and ensure customer satisfaction, but you hate doing work forecasting, budgeting, and having all the departments ask your advice and guidance on a daily basis…
Maybe the CEO isn’t the role for you.
Believe me – There is no shame in that! Let me repeat: Hell no there is no shame in that.
Be your best you. That’s what it really comes down to. Not everyone is meant to be the best Number 1 in a company. Sometimes, you could be the best fucking Number 3,4, or 10 in a company and kick total ass at it. When you focus on your strengths and your proper role in a company, you could end up elevating your department, as well as those around you.
Not everyone is born to lead. It’s sad but true. Some people say, “I want the title,” but when push comes to shove, they aren’t going to be able to handle the chaos.
I don’t ever want to say, “I was the captain of this sinking ship.” Instead, I want to say, “I founded this company, got the best people on my team and together we created some fucking magic. And that magic allowed me to live the life I’ve always wanted.”
Now, I’m not saying that you don’t get a say in the world if you are a founder but also not a C-Suite exec. Still get that board member position so you stay in the know and have a say. But know your strengths and weaknesses.
Don’t let the ego get into the way. Know your strengths and play your best role in the future you believe in.