“The entire leadership model of a successful CEO is vastly different from that of a successful president. As political commentator Bill Schneider has pointed out, corporations are designed to be more like benevolent dictatorships; in contrast, the presidency is the leadership of a large and unruly democracy.
This dictatorship vs. democracy distinction matters when it comes to three crucial aspects of leadership.
The first one is consensus…Communication is the second key leadership area in which CEO experience and presidential experience diverge…Finally: control. The presidency, for all of its trappings and genuine levers of power and influence, is a far more constrained position…”
Third Way President Jon Cowan writes for The Washington Post’s ON LEADERSHIP section on the false premise of a “CEO presidency”