7 Class Hours

Instructor: Virginia Varela

What are the necessary skills to succeed as a CEO? In this class, students will be exposed to a myriad of challenges that a CEO faces every day. Students will look at issues from one CEO’s perspective. What are the key performance indicators and stakeholders that a CEO should focus on? How do community banks compete with their national counterparts? How do they incorporate strategies to remain viable and successful? What use is a strategic plan? Budget? How do you attract and retain good people? How do you identify and deal with non-performers and mediocre performers?

Just as a CEO’s job is diverse, so is the class in terms of touching on many aspects of management and banking. The emphasis will be on practical experience. It will not be a theoretical exercise. Students should come prepared to ask questions and to discuss a broad range of topics related to bank management. Key concepts from the book “Good to Great” will be discussed at length. One day will be devoted to showing and discussing a film on the Jack Welch’s approach to management. The final day will involve the instructor discussing student questions specifically related to the duties of a CEO.

Learning objectives include:

  • Very specific leadership skills will be discussed with application to the banking industry
  • Students will finish class with a better appreciation of daily challenges faced by bank CEOs
  • Students will have a much better understanding of whether they have the potential and requisite skills to someday become a CEO

Annual School Session

Second/Third Year, Second Week Elective Course

General Management & Technology Track