If you answered:

A) They’d call me all the time

Either you run an emergency room / fire department or your employees think you’re joking. The latter indicates a problem with how you communicate as a leader. Fortunately, that’s a curable condition. Leadership communication is a skill that can be learned, and it does not depend on your personality type. There are high-energy, charismatic, extroverted leaders and there are quiet introverts who lead well. In fact, it may be harder for an extrovert to lead a company beyond his or her immediate influence. A sustainable company is built on structure and process not personality.

B) 1-2 days at most

Then you don’t spend much of your time in the CEO role. A lot of your time is spent selling, producing, or fixing problems. Is this a bad thing? Not if you want to keep your company the size it is today and never sell it. But if you’re frustrated with growth, then your company needs you to be more of a CEO. That too is a learnable skill set. But it’s not one that most people pick up by osmosis. Thank goodness – or there would be no need for my CEO Boot Camp [grin].  Click on the Link below to learn more.

C) A week or two

Good News. You can take a vacation. But a CEO does more than take vacations. CEO Time in a company is spent doing things that are important but not urgent.

D) A month

A month later

E) Six months or more

You’re retired, or you’re ready to sell the company. It’s going to take at least this long to sell, so you the company must be able to keep growing without your day-to-day involvement. This also makes your company more valuable to the buyer – because they’re buying a system, not you. OR it gives you the option to continue owning the company, but only work there as much or as little as you want. As long as you don’t have outside investors, this can be a pretty good exit strategy.

Now the advanced question:

What if you asked each of your managers the same thing. How long could they go away for? CLICK HERE