7 skills identified as the most highly-valued for C-suite candidates

C-Level Executives

The C-suite is considered the most important and influential group of individuals at a company. Being a member of this group comes with high-stakes decision making, a more demanding workload and high compensation.

Who are C-Level Executives?

C-Level Executives are the highest-level executives in senior management usually having titles beginning with "chief" forming what is often called the C-Suite. The traditional three such officers are chief executive officer (CEO), chief operations officer (COO), and chief financial officer (CFO).

C-level Executives

7 skills identified as the most highly-valued for C-suite candidates


The most indispensable C-suite skills are those that jointly constitute leadership, with the specific type inspirational, non-authoritarian, or take-charge leadership depending on the company's specific needs.

Strategic thinking and execution

The ability to set the "strategic direction" for a company was frequently mentioned as a highly-prized skill among executives, as well as the ability to effectively execute a strategic vision.

Technical and technology skills

The third most-valued trait for C-level executives was a deep understanding of law, financials, or technology, with many consultants stressing the growing importance of having technology skills and technical literacy.

Team- and relationship-building

C-suite executives can no longer succeed as a "brilliant one-person player," one consultant asserted. Rather, today's leaders must be skilled in building and managing highly effective teams.

Communication and presentation

The consultants agreed that the ideal C-suite executive possesses the "power of persuasion" and "excellent presentation skills," both of which are necessary when speaking to internal audiences and external stakeholders.


The ability to lead an organization through transformational change is another skill that is growing in demand. One consultant noted that this is less about "drastic firm-wide change than with being at easy with constant flux."


Though it is not necessarily a "skill" per se, the survey found that executives with integrity and reputation are highly valued in the workplace. Employers are looking for "unquestioned ethics" given the speed of today's communication.

The top seven traits mentioned however are not static, but are in constant flux. Over the last decade, a striking theme has been the "demise of the star culture,". Being a team player and working well with others matters much more than it used to, as does the mastery of change-management skills.

C-level executives will not only manage their own business areas; they will be active members of the firm’s senior leadership who advise the CEO on key decisions. The C-level person today needs to be more team-oriented, capable of multitasking continuously and leading without rank, and able to resist stress and make sure that his subordinates do not burn out. And he needs to do all of this with a big smile in an open plan office.

Having said all this, at European Lists we therefore recommend clients to be prepared and ready for making their move. Some of our most common EU C-Level executives marketing lists include, Chief Executive Officer List (CEO), Chief Financial Officer List (CFO), Chief Information Officer List (CIO), Chief Technical Officer List (CTO), etc. Therefore, with the Europe C-Level professionals mailing address by your side, your chances for business success is inevitable. To get access to European C-Level Executives Email List contact us today to get more details. 

Written by: Agnes Tom for European Lists
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