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What high-performing CEOs do better

May 1, 2017 • Leadership DNA

Introduction Two recently published articles explore the attributes of successful CEOs and this post compares and contrasts the findings from both studies.   Methodology The first study by McKinsey examined the top 5% of CEOs whose companies’ returns to shareholders had increased by more than 500% during their tenure. The sample of 120 exceptional CEOs were the highest performers in McKinsey’s data set of approximately 600 chief executives at S&P 500 companies between 2004 and 2014. In the second study, published in the May/June 2017 Harvard Business Review, ghSMART partnered with economists at the University of Chicago and Copenhagen Business… » Read More

High Resolution Leadership: A synthesis of 15,000 assessments into how leaders shape the business landscape

January 1, 2016 • Leadership DNA

Introduction DDI’s report, which you can download from the link below, examines assessment data from over 15,000 candidates for five leadership levels (frontline, mid-level, operational, strategic executive, and C-suite executive) from 300+ organizations; 20+ industries and 18 countries. Using evaluations from leadership simulations, personality and intelligence tests, DDI set out to define what competencies are driving performance and where the gaps are. The 48 page report includes 18 distinct analyses organized in to four categories. A sampling of key findings is included here. Key Findings Important Senior Executive Competencies. Organizations with leaders scoring higher in business management and leadership of… » Read More

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