I’ve always cringed at calling myself the President of my corporation.
It’s a title legally bestowed on me when our business incorporated in 2007 but actually introducing myself as a company president seemed pompous and unjustified.
I’ve come to appreciate that there are many business owners or nominated company presidents who relish these impressive titles and yet, in reality most of us are little more than self-employed.
A president is somebody who takes their corporation in a strategic direction. They’re goal-focused, details oriented and a stickler for business systems, efficient delegation and growth.
Most of us who allude to this title rarely get the opportunity to take on such responsibilities. In reality we’re still replying to low-level customer service emails, updating our own Facebook and LinkedIn business pages and admisistering our own websites.
I expect many corporate presidents and self-appointed Managing Directors are spending most of their days as low-level technicians, perhaps without even realizing it.
I’ve become weary of meeting other ‘presidents’ now that I understand the façade. I used to validate their status by asking how large their company was, or how many staff they employ but considering Filipino staff can be hired for a dollar an hour, the answers may never be very indicative.
Perhaps it’s best to inquire about turnover, or the number of middle-level managers in the business to get a fast impression of how credible the top dog really is.
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