Secrets of the Top CEOs

Champion CEOs have well-rounded abilities

Champion CEOs have well-rounded capabilities

Are there certain key ingredients that set the top CEOs in the world apart? A ten-year study by the Harvard Business Review indicates that indeed, there are important factors that put the ‘best of the best’ in a league of their own.

They all perform consistently across four highly correlated dimensions: A holistic view of the business, decision-making, contextual intelligence (knowledge of their sector and industry), and good relationship-building.

For an in-depth breakdown of the study, and what it means for CEOs and the C-suite, read A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do.

And just who are the top CEOs in the world? According to HBR, it’s these fellows, and no surprise: they lead some of the world’s top blue-chip companies — headed by Lars Rebien Sørensen, CEO of Danish healthcare company, Novo Nordisk. Not exactly a household name, but click on the down-arrow and you’ll see the likes of Marc Benioff (Salesforce), Jeffrey Bezos (Amazon) and Martin Sorrell (WPP).

Something inspirational to work towards, even if you’re a small business owner.