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The C.E.O. Job Map and Leadership Advice from Amgen’s Kevin Sharer

The CEO Job Map (Amgen)

Adam Bryant recently interviewed Amgen Chairman, CEO and President Kevin Sharer for the Corner Office column of the Business section of The New York Times. (Feedback in Heaping Helpings – March 28, 2009)  The article offers some great insights into leadership at the highest level in a fast changing industry and practical advice for leaders at all levels. This is a must read for all students of leadership.

The article also has a very interesting a sidebar  in which Sharer explains in his own words and chart what elements make up his job as C.E.O. (The ‘C.E.O. Job Map,’ Explained)

THERE’S nothing that quite prepares you for this job. So as I started to think about my responsibilities, I had this synthesized idea of what I was trying to do. I’m trained as an engineer, and that chart probably, you know, outs me on that front.

This isn’t perfect, but it at least begins to share the idea of what, on a daily basis, we try to do. That chart has a couple of concepts in it that I think are useful and illustrative.

He charts three significant characteristics of the C.E.O. job:

  1. Inside v. outside – working with and leading a variety of stakeholders
  2. Altitude – the dexterity to move between big picture and detail views
  3. Style – being one of the team to stateman

Sharer give us a useful inside look at how one successful C.E.O. views and manages his job.

About the author

Peter A. Mello, Founder/Editor Founder of Weekly Leader and Sea-Fever Consulting, LLC, a leadership development and strategic communications consultancy. Previously, CEO of an international nonprofit organization and COO of a national insurance/risk management services firm. Peter has been leading people and managing organizations for over 30 years, writes a leadership column for MarineNews magazine and blogs about maritime culture at Sea-Fever. Follow him on Twitter.

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