Why is it that so many CEO’s with bad leadership skills can continue to exist in organizations? The problem often comes down to a board of directors not doing its job properly.

The board has two jobs, to hire and fire the CEO and to comment on strategy. A board that doesn’t get feedback on a CEO’s leadership skills isn’t doing its job.

It can’t only look at results but must look at leadership skills through such things as 360s to ensure that the CEO’s soft skills are measuring up. Developing and maintaining effective leadership skills is an ongoing process that must be worked on continuously in a conscious manner and must also be evaluated formally on a periodic basis. Without conscious effort to develop and evaluate leadership skills, we’ll be stuck with a bad bunch of bosses.