NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Conventional wisdom suggests that it takes an experienced politician to be President of the United States. With several folks who aren't known best as politicians -- like former Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) CEO Carly Fiorina and Dr. Ben Carson, a surgeon -- entering the 2016 election, let's reexamine that wisdom.
Without endorsing Fiorina or her candidacy specifically, a CEO President could be just what our country needs.
There are many characteristics that make a good CEO that would translate well to the Oval Office:
-- Successful CEOs build their businesses by empowering employees and making people feel valued. When people are confident and empowered, they can accomplish great things. When people are dependent and see no future, the company is doomed. A CEO-President would be best served by empowering and energizing the team around them -- as well as the American people.
-- Successful CEOs are inclusive. It has been long recognized that exclusion, in all of its forms, is bad for business. Good leaders manage diversity in all of its forms. Businesses prosper most effectively when we are inclusive of multiple stakeholders who have different points of view. A CEO-President would consider all points of view before making decisions.
-- Successful CEOs don't lose site of the big picture: return on investment. Shareholders and boards of directors bring a variety of viewpoints to the leader of a company. Yet, they are unified in demanding a return on investment. A CEO-President wouldn't lose sight of what's really important in the position.
-- Successful CEOs look at spending as investments. Capital investments are necessary to move business forward. But not all investments are good ones. A CEO-President wouldn't denounce all taxes as bad, which would be like a business no longer investing in itself, but would figure out which investments are good and which are wasteful. The CEO-President will couch the debate in terms of responsible investment in our collective future and the long term return on that investment.
-- Successful CEOs foster an entrepreneurial spirit. A CEO-President would reinvigorate an entrepreneurial culture of accountability that embraces risk-taking and reduces an environment of entitlement.