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From founder to CEO - how does your leadership evolve?

As a founder, when you’re just getting started you’re usually very hands-on in all business aspects.

You need to focus on the problem you are solving to make a business case for your startup.

You certainly wear many hats - from developing the idea to running the day-to-day operations.

You are also the one who knows the company’s vision, culture, and what you want to achieve.

➤ How do you move from founder-led leadership to become a CEO?

As your startup grows, your leadership should also evolve.

Transitioning into the role of CEO means that you’re ready to lead the next stages of development.

How does your leadership evolve?

  • You’re not primarily focused on the execution anymore. It’s time to take on broader responsibilities.

  • Strategic leadership is essential to move the company forward so it’s important to keep a clear vision.

  • Long-term planning and setting key objectives will help you stay focused on your most important goals

  • Meanwhile, you also need to be a good leader to manage and build a team culture that isn’t impacted by the company’s growth

  • Still, you are also learning to rely on a strong leadership team to support the company’s growth and strategic objectives

➤ How do you start this transition from founder to CEO?

- Start with a self-assessment - what are your strengths and areas of improvement? How will you use them as a CEO?

- Build a strong leadership team - you can’t do everything on your own. Having a strong leadership team that complements each other's skills before the company scales is essential

- Clarify your vision and learn how to communicate it - define your long-term vision and make sure that everyone is aligned

- Stay agile - as with everything else within your startup, you need to be agile with your leadership and willing to adapt

𝗧𝗶𝗽 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗳𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝘀: As your role evolves, don’t forget the value that your co-founders (or senior members) bring to the table. Leverage their support and expertise to navigate strategic decisions and guide the company's growth.

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