What Qualities should a CEO be having in the process of Startup
I love this question because I hear it every blue moon, and when I drill it into new entrepreneurs it always takes a minute to process.
In the beginning, there is no company- you are the company. I don't mean that you represent key aspects of the company, I mean you are the full embodiment of the company.
The investors you meet, people you shake hands with, meeting and client talks you attend, business meetups, etc. All of these are attended by you and all the people you network with and talk to are going to associate your actions and face with the brand.
It goes beyond a symbiotic relationship, trust me.
It will be your job to keep the company afloat and moving in the best possible direction- regardless of the cost (money, time or people).
Hiring smart people and having a good product are just points on a slide, at the end of the day people need to know that the presenter (you/CEO) are making the right decisions.
Leave the marketing crap to a smart marketing person. Leave the selling to a brilliant sales person. But when t comes to the brand and growing the brand, that's all you!
Ability to sell , convenience people to join , buy , stay for life time value
Here is what I focused on during the early stages:
Most critical is know what you do not know and know what is beyond your skills. Self-awareness is the critical missing quality in most startup CEOs.