JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon just sounded off on what it takes to be a good CEO

JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon just sounded off on what it takes to be a good CEO
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Today, we've got stories on VCs to watch in the crypto space, why it's tough to search for a job these days, and how to get your knees in shape to run.

But first, Jamie Dimon has some thoughts.

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1. Leadership 101.

What makes a good bank CEO?

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon has a take that might surprise you.

Succession plans for the unofficial face of Wall Street have long been speculated on. So when Dimon got a question at JPMorgan's annual investor day about what the bank's board might be looking for in a successor, he had an interesting response.


Dimon said a company trying to find a leader with one specific strength, such as marketing, risk, or tech, is a "huge mistake" that is "guaranteed to fail."

"I think the most important strength is that you're trusted and respected by people. That you work your ass off. That you give a shit. That you know you don't know everything. They have curiosity. They have grit. They have courage. That you're willing to change direction. You're willing to go in front of your shareholders and say, 'We screwed up. We made a mistake. We were wrong about that,'" Dimon said, according to a transcript of his remarks from Sentieo.

It's interesting that someone with so much success finds value in acknowledging their mistakes. (Dimon, for his part, called the bank's acquisition of fintech Frank, which blew up in its face, a "huge mistake" when asked about it earlier this year.)

I know some of you are probably rolling your eyes, and I get it. This could have easily been a rant from a wannabe LinkedIn influencer trying to go viral. Instead, it's coming from the world's most-famous banker.

And while it's true Dimon could have been playing to the crowd, I think there is real value in his comments. One of the biggest issues we see on Wall Street, or in business more broadly, is an executive not knowing when to cut ties.


Here's more on Dimon's management style, along with the 11 most-important slides from JPMorgan's annual investor-day presentation.

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JPMorgan's Jamie Dimon just sounded off on what it takes to be a good CEO

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