Are you one of these “iconic” founder CEOs or perhaps working for one?
Innovator, creator, and entrepreneur are all nouns that describe many CEOs in our fast-evolving, information/technology-driven culture. It is not uncommon that these accomplished CEOs drive their company with their vision, their passion, their creativity, and their tenacity to succeed and, quite often, to prove to others that they are successful. This intense drive may be triggered by their need to prove themselves or to receive positive reaffirmation in the present to compensate for judgmental-type, authority figures or other significant people who were emotionally unavailable to them in their past. In my experience, working with different founder CEOs, both in privately owned and publicly-traded companies, I have seen the difficulty that organizations experience when these entrepreneurs are unable to “let go” of their central role of founder CEO. Often, they unconsciously prevent the company from expanding or shifting the business paradigm under which the company was first created in order to prove to others their self-worth despite their proven success. They have become “addicted” to being the “identity icon” for their company. Read More