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What separates the best CEOs from the rest?

Three McKinsey senior partners looked across more than 20 years’ worth of data on 7,800 CEOs from 3,500 public companies across 70 countries and 24 industries to identify the mindsets that helped the best CEOs deliver extraordinary impact.

Read their full findings


What’s the role of a CEO?


  • It’s resource reallocation and what businesses they’re in and not in.
  • It’s all about being a cheerleader, driving the culture, and getting talent in the right place.
  • It’s about execution, performance management, operating rhythm, and how you drive execution.
  • Essentially, the role of a CEO is difficult to define – understanding the habits of highly effective CEOs may be key.


Excellence is never an accident

A huge part of the CEO role now is external. Setting your strategy, running your organization, and delivering for shareholders is only half the job. Carolyn Dewar

Be bold

Great CEOs are bold. You can be bold regardless of context. Or you can be bold within that context. If you’re not bold in that first year, you’re not going to move the needle. That is the crux that’ll actually let you conquer any context and any situation around failing. That is your one safeguard against failure.  Vik Malhotra

What’s new versus what’s true

CEOs are going to have to set direction. They’re going to have to align organizations. They’re going to have to mobilize leaders. They’re going to have to deal with boards. They’re going to have to manage stakeholders, and they’re going to have to manage themselves in ways that are excellent through all of those trends. Scott Keller

How to find a CEO

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James Minter

James Minter is a partner at Hannington Tame, the digital CEO and C-Suite headhunting specialist.


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