Although some individuals are born leaders, most are made. Becoming a chief executive typically takes years of hard work. Extensive experience in the company’s field is desirable and some companies tend to prefer those with degrees from upper-tier schools. Finally, those that have worked their way up from a low level within the organization may have an advantage, as they arguably know the company better than any outsider ever could.
via Becoming A CEO.
The elusive CEO… People wonder how to become one. Well many start-ups bring forth CEOs because someone had to take the role. Many learn from experience that just because you are an idea guy, or a programmer, doesn’t mean you know how to manage, lead, and strategize for a company.
Having a great product is one thing, but keeping your company alive and growing in a competitive environment requires more. If you want to be a CEO you need a broad set of skills: Finance, Management, Marketing, Creativity, and Strategy.
All Start-ups should have this same broad set of skills because even if you are not fit to be CEO, you need to know what your CEO is doing and where it will take your company. Business is not kind on ignorance..