If there is any team that needs to work in harmony, act as a single, formidable unit, and resolve conflict well, it is the C-suite team.
The C-suite leaders set the company’s direction. They represent the highest form of professionalism and competence. They are expected to model company values. Through their actions and attitudes, they set the standard of performance and behaviour.
C-suite leaders need to work well with each other—the company’s health and success hinge on the strength of the team. Deloitte refers to this desired mix of synergy and performance as the “symphonic C-suite”. Their “new collaborative, team-based senior executive model” is a vision of a C-suite team leading the organisation with masterful business and relational expertise.
The way the C-suite team functions is reflective of the company’s ability to withstand crises and disruption. “In a dynamic environment demanding both cross-disciplinary collaboration and deep functional expertise, operating as a symphonic C-suite makes a great deal of sense, allowing leadership teams to tackle issues that no single function can satisfactorily address”, Deloitte says, in The Symphonic C-Suite: Teams Leading Teams.1
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