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The CEO Report
How do senior executives develop the skills they need to lead in a changing world?
To answer that question, we partnered with executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles to speak to 152 CEOs representing a wide range of sectors around the world. Assured of their anonymity, these senior executives reflected openly on their leadership challenges and experiences. Taken together, the interviews underscore the ways in which the role of senior executive is changing, and point to the capabilities that can help today’s leaders—and tomorrow’s—thrive in a business environment marked by uncertainty and constant change.
Among the findings: Anticipating how, when, and why different contexts may interact to disrupt an organization requires leaders to develop “ripple intelligence,” as well as the ability to harness doubt more effectively in order to improve decision making. Moreover, as business conditions change, CEOs must learn to balance authenticity and adaptability in order to motivate their organizations to action without squandering the trust they have worked so hard to build.