10 Common Concerns of CEOs in Australia in 2023

From my experience in my Executive Coaching practice, CEOs face a wide range of challenges as they navigate the constantly evolving business landscape. In today’s highly competitive environment, they need to stay ahead of the curve to remain profitable and drive growth. In this article, we will discuss the 10 most common concerns of CEOs in Australia in 2023. 


Talent Acquisition and Retention 

The success of any organisation depends on the quality of its workforce. Australian CEOs are increasingly finding it challenging to attract and retain the right talent. The competition for skilled workers is intense, and organisations are struggling to keep their best employees from being poached by their competitors. 



As businesses become more reliant on technology, the risk of cyber-attacks has increased. CEOs are concerned about the potential loss of intellectual property, customer data breaches, and reputational damage that can result from cyber threats. 


Regulatory Compliance 

With constantly changing laws and regulations, it can be challenging for CEOs to stay on top of compliance requirements. Failure to comply can result in hefty fines and reputational damage. 


Economic Uncertainty 

The Australian economy is constantly evolving, and CEOs need to stay ahead of the curve to remain profitable. Economic uncertainty can impact business growth, profitability, and the ability to attract and retain top talent. 


Digital Transformation 

As businesses become more reliant on technology, digital transformation has become a key priority for CEOs. They need to find ways to leverage technology to improve efficiency, increase productivity, and drive growth. 



Innovation is a key driver of growth and competitiveness. Australian CEOs are concerned about staying ahead of the curve and finding new ways to innovate to remain relevant in their respective markets. 


Environmental Sustainability 

CEOs are increasingly aware of the impact their businesses have on the environment. They are under pressure to adopt more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint and meet their environmental responsibilities. 


Supply Chain Management 

Supply chain disruptions can have a significant impact on business operations. CEOs are concerned about managing their supply chains effectively to ensure continuity of operations and minimise risks. 


Customer Experience 

CEOs understand that providing an exceptional customer experience is crucial to retaining customers and driving growth. They are concerned about finding ways to improve customer satisfaction and loyalty. 



Globalisation has opened up new markets for Australian businesses, but it has also increased competition. CEOs are concerned about navigating the challenges of globalisation, including cultural differences, regulatory compliance, and language barriers. 


Do these sound familiar? Can you relate to these? You’ll see that the concerns of CEOs in Australia are many and varied, but they all share a common thread: the need to navigate a complex and rapidly changing business environment. 

By addressing these concerns head-on and developing strategies to mitigate their risks, CEOs can position their businesses for success both now and in the future. 



Jo Attard Watters is the Managing Principal and Founder of PeopleEdge Coaching & Consulting. Jo is a professional, Master’s degree qualified Executive and Career Management Coach, Consultant, Business Adviser and Academic who works with individuals and organisations to help them “be the best they can be”. With significant experience within both Corporate and Not for Profit sectors, Jo is passionate about seeing her clients succeed in their areas of interest.  

Contact Jo at  jo@peopleedge.com.au for more information.