The chief executive officer is the top most corporate executive, with duties and responsibilities including major corporate decisions, managing day-to-day operations and resources, acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors and corporate staff, and representing the company publicly.
The function of the CEO varies based on the size, culture, and corporate structure of the organization. CEOs often deal only with very high-level strategic choices and those that guide the company’s overall growth in significant organizations. CEOs may work on strategy, organization, and culture, for example. They might look at how cash is distributed throughout the company or how to form successful teams.
CEOs of smaller businesses are frequently more hands-on and active in day-to-day operations.
The Harvard Business Review published research on how CEOs spend their time. They discovered that CEOs spend 72 percent of their time in meetings, compared to only 28 percent alone. Furthermore, 25% of the budget was allocated to partnerships, 25% to business unit and functional evaluations, 21% to strategy, and 16% to culture and organization. Some fuel for thought: according to the survey, only 1% of the time was spent on crisis management, and 3% was spent on customer interactions.
Not only that, but CEOs have the power to determine their companies’ tone, direction, and even culture.