Improving Leadership Through CEO and Key Executive Vistage Groups


As a CEO or key executive, are you ever tired of not getting the results you want? Are you frustrated by the challenges you’ve been facing recently? Do you wish there was a way to improve your leadership skills in a comfortable environment?

Chances are the answers to these questions are “yes.” Being a business leader is a big responsibility, and it can be difficult to achieve the results you want, especially if you’re under stressful circumstances.

Through my experience as a CEO and Vistage Master Chair, I have firsthand experience with the best ways to improve leadership. As a result of my NYC Vistage groups for CEOs and key executives, these leaders can learn to improve their leadership in a number of ways.

One of the best ways to improve leadership is through the use of peer groups for CEOs and key executives. These peer groups available to Vistage business leaders allow for CEOs and key executives alike to work with and learn from various trusted professionals. By interacting with a diverse group of experienced leaders, CEOs and key executives can form close-knit relationships with people who know exactly what it takes to be a successful leader.

The peer groups work in ways to promote leadership in many ways. First off, peer groups are made up of an exclusive peer advisory board. This involves informed perspectives from people with no hidden agendas. Instead, the Vistage peer groups provide the opportunity for business leaders in need to confidentially discuss their most pressing issues with an understanding and experienced group, typically of around 16-18 leaders from differing industries and backgrounds. This means that business leaders can expect to receive unbiased feedback and advice from people with perspectives they might not have otherwise considered, thus increasing their leadership skills by helping them learn to consider all possible perspectives and options when making decisions. This therefore strengthens leadership skills and promotes the most informed decisions possible.

The peer groups are specifically adapted to help CEOs and key executives form a network of people they can both relate to and learn from. Peer groups are the perfect way for professionals to discuss their experiences and receive feedback regarding their challenges and experiences. By joining a peer group, CEOs and key executives can speak to other people in the same and similar situations, and learn from each other. This can improve leadership through fostering a productive learning environment, in which business leaders can work together to find the best solutions for the challenges plaguing their organizations.

The opportunities presented as a result of the Vistage groups are numerous. Another way that Vistage groups can improve leadership for CEOs and key executives is through our expert speaker workshops. My Vistage groups allow for members to experience all sorts of unique perspectives from world-class speakers, which can ignite leadership skills never utilized before.

An example of a Vistage speaker who has provided seminars and workshops for Vistage CEOs and key executives include Jamie Mason Cohen, who is a former member of Lorne Michael’s team at SNL, a business TV producer, a TEDx speaker, and the author of the book “Live from Your Class: Everything I Learned About Teaching, I Learned from Working at Saturday Night Live.” Within this speaker session, Jamie shared with CEOs and key executives inside knowledge about working on SNL and helped teach them how to learn and grow in increasingly complex business environments. He also focused on showing Vistage members how to unite a team and tap into the shared wisdom of a room, which is a key aspect of the Vistage peer groups. It is also a crucial lesson for any business leader hoping to improve their leadership.

Another recent Vistage speaker who helped CEOs and key executives improve their leadership is Suzanne Mayo Frindt, Vistage Chair Emeritus, former CEO of The Hunger Project, and author of “Accelerate: High Leverage Leadership for Today’s World.” Within this session, Suzanne spoke to CEOs and key executives about becoming more dynamic and impactful leaders in the workplace.

Both Jamie Mason Cohen and Suzanne Mayo Frindt are experts in their fields, and had much to share with the Vistage members who attended these seminars and workshops. Both of these speakers have much experience being successful business leaders, and understand how to communicate effectively with aspiring leaders on how to develop their skills. Attending Vistage speaker events is a great way to increase your leadership and learn from actual leaders with real-world experience.


Bottom Line:

There are many benefits of the CEO and Key Executive Vistage groups. Most importantly, these groups can help leaders improve their leadership skills, by providing supportive peer networks of unbiased, experienced leaders. In addition, they provide the opportunity for learning through seminars and workshops with real-life leaders who share their experiences and advice for increasing leadership effectiveness.
With my NYC Vistage groups, CEOs and key executives alike can learn to improve their leadership.