Uncovering trends among what makes executives successful is useful for anyone climbing the corporate ladder. It helps to see what paths lead to success and what skills are needed to get there. The trouble with successful CEOs is that a large number don’t fit the mold for the stereotypical expectation. However, there are some qualities that explain how these people become leaders of their organizations. Recently we interviewed top Silicon Valley executives and together with feedback collected at the New York Times, compiled a short list of habits everyone can use to ensure their leadership skills. Read on to learn which six qualities CEOs need to be highly successful.