The leader needs to create clarity in why the organization exists, what its goals are, and the plan it is using to get there. This clarity needs to live in all aspects of the company. The company’s processes must be built using this clarity.
I believe another key CEO responsibility is to build/recruit a cohesive leadership team. They must trust one another, engage in discussions that bring out passion, challenge one another, commit to the decisions once made, and keep one another accountable.
Then every role needs to have a scorecard and the employee must be held accountable to their goals. This will help convert subjectivity into objectivity, lessening business politics/drama, raising employee engagement.
The most effective trait required to accomplish this is self-awareness. By understanding one’s predispositions and strengths/weaknesses and being accountable to them, one is able to surround themselves with people with a different set of strengths that desire the same results. This ensures the clarity flows from the CEO to its management team. With the whole team communicating the same message, it becomes much more scalable.