8 Traits of Top COOs Globally

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It takes a lot to be a great COO. Below are 8 traits of top COOs globally!

COO Is Aligned with CEO’s Vision

And due to that the CEO has complete trust due to being on the same page. The COO refers back to the CEO’s Vivid Vision frequently. And the COO share the vision frequently with employees, customers and suppliers.

There is A Strategic Plan in Place

The plan is managed from Asana (or similar) and is referred to weekly by the leadership team. The COO considers cross-departmental dependencies. The COO considers Monday, People & Time requirements for projects.

Systems in Place for Recruiting, Interviewing & Hiring

Your COO does in-person 360 group feedback reviews. The COO Top Grades all staff every six months. The COO has a Virtual Bench of hires in place. Managers are all trained & certified in interviewing.


The managers and employees have all read the book Meetings Suck. No time is wasted in meetings. The company meetings have a strong focus on outputs. They are fun and high-impact. People take pride in opting out of attending them if they don’t need to be present.

Financial Systems In Place

COOs have rolling past & future 12-month budgets produced to manage by you & your COO have a good eye on cash flow. You have open book financials for all employees.

COO Has the Skills to Do the Job

The COO is always growing as a leader. The COO focuses their learning on their 6-12 month objectives. The COO is part of a mastermind for COO & book clubs.  

COO’s Mentors

COO has a TOP 50 list of mentors they call on regularly. The COO leverages the wisdom of the crowd. The COO reaches out to leaders they read about in the media for advice.

Company Culture

Your company has an award-winning culture. The COO leverages tools like 15Five & TINYpulse, and your company has strong Glass Door ratings. It’s easy to recruit A Players.

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