Based on an in-depth analysis of over 2,600 leaders drawn from a database of more than 17,000 CEOs and C-suite executives, as well 13,000 hours of interviews, and two decades of experience advising CEOs and executive boards, Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell overturn the myths about what it takes to get to the top and succeed.
Their groundbreaking research was the featured cover story in the May-June 2017 issue of Harvard Business Review. It reveals the common attributes and counterintuitive choices that set apart successful CEOs - lessons that we can apply to our own careers.
Much of what we hear about who gets to the top, and how, is wrong. Those who become chief executives set their sights on the C-suite at an early age. In fact, over 70 percent of the CEOs didn't have designs on the corner office until later in their careers. You must graduate from an elite college. In fact, only seven percent of CEOs in the dataset are Ivy League graduates - and eight percent didn't graduate from college at all. To become a CEO you need a flawless résumé. The reality: 45 percent of CEO candidates had at least one major career blowup.
What those who reach the top do share are four key behaviors that anyone can master: they are decisive; they are reliable, delivering what they promised when the promise it, without exception; they adapt boldly, and they engage with stakeholders without shying away from conflict.
Based on this breakthrough study of the most successful people in business, Botelho and Powell offer career advice for everyone who aspires to get ahead. Based on research insights illustrated by real life stories from CEOs and boardrooms, they tell us how to:
For everyone who aspires to rise up through the organization and achieve their full potential, The CEO Next Door is an essential guide.
The CEO Next Door was one I thought I’d struggle with but as one of my #leaderbox titles I had to commit to it. Once I got past the title and the first 50 pages I found a wealth of information from understanding what it takes to be a successful leader to identifying the keys to acing high profile interviews and efficient networking. This is a book for anyone who aspires to climb to the next wrung of their career even if you don’t intend on being CEO.
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I found this inspiring, challenging, balanced, instructive, and most of all, hopeful. I realized when reading the story of one of the CEOs highlighted here--whom I personally worked with as he was ascending--that the work done to prepare this valuable advice was learned in the trenches. It is a well grounded and candid work that I surely wished I had available to my career long before today. Please read the book deeply and keep as a reference for the road ahead.