From startups to multinationals, chief executives and other senior leaders talk about how company culture can be steered
Chief executives are scrutinised like never before. They are expected to be role models, inspiring employees and customers alike, while being visible, approachable and tech-savvy. Their personality and values must permeate their organisation. But what does it take to set the right company culture from the top?
To find out, Raconteur collated thoughts from dozens of CEOs and other senior executives, from startups to multinationals. Our aim: to see how progressive executives steer cultural attitudes in their organisations.
In some areas there was widespread agreement, such as the need for CEOs to listen to employees rather than using the old-school, dictate-and-delegate approach.
But there were plenty of differing views, too. Should modern CEOs have rock-star status? Or should they be first among equals in a democracy?
Here, in their own words, is what they said:
Age shouldn’t matter
“In the last two decades some of the machismo has been toned down, as has the blatant ageism that was prevalent. If you are good enough then you are old enough to be a CEO. If a company won’t make you CEO then there is an increased opportunity to start your own thing and define your own success.”
Luke D’Arcy, president at “experiential advertising agency” Momentum Worldwide (UK)
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