EE204: Business Management for
Electrical Engineers and Computer Scientists

CEO Skills Inventory

Often, when discussing companies, the question is raised, “what does it take to be a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in a high tech company?” Clearly there is no single or simple answer but after interviewing CEOs, venture capitalists, and through personal observation, two broad categories of skills emerge. First is a set of characteristics describing the individual. Second is a list of skills these people employ to get results. These are of course combined in different amounts in different people. Lastly, companies face different challenges at different points in time. Different leadership skills are required for different challenges. This list is not exhaustive but hopefully proves illustrative.



FMG (2010)