Adam Bryant, the New York Times' Corner Office columnist, has spotted a few common traits among the CEOs he's interviewed. The key trait that predicts the success of leader success, Bryant says, is their willingness to be flexible and to adjust to new realities. "Learning how to lead is a process that never ends, and the ones who recognize that, I think, are better able to adapt to the rapid changes in the business world," he says. "The ones who say, 'This is how I lead, this is my style, period,' are much more likely to be short-timers."
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