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 7 percent of CEOs in the dataset are Ivy League graduates--and 8 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:
- Fast-track our career by deploying the career catapults
used by those who get to the top quickly
- Overcome the hidden handicaps
to getting the job we want.
- Avoid the 5 hazards
that most commonly derail those promoted into a new role.
For everyone who aspires to rise up through the organization and achieve their full potential, The CEO Next Door
is an essential guide.
Elena Lytkina Botelho has advised over 200 CEOs and boards in nearly two decades, first as a strategy consultant at McKinsey and currently as a top billing senior partner at ghSMART. She grew up in Azerbaijan and Russia to a family of mathematicians. She earned her MBA from Wharton. Her life's work is to be a "Greatness Catalyst"—helping others reach their full potential.
Kimberly Powell is a Principal at ghSMART, where she works with clients in the areas of management assessment, leaderhsip coaching and organization change initiatives. Previously, she worked for fifteen years with The Boston Consulting Group, advising CEOs and senior managers of Fortune 500 companies. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame, and was a F.C. Austin Scholar at the Kellogg Schoool of Management at Northwestern university.
EXCERPTS: The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People Into World-Class Leaders
Posted March 6, 2018, 11:15 AM with category of Personal Development & Human Behavior
Elena Botelho and Kim Powell explain that "much of what we hear about who gets to the top, and how, is wrong," and give us a clearer picture of how to launch your career to the top.
NEW RELEASES: Business Books to Watch in March
Posted March 5, 2018, 11:15 AM with category of Publishing Industry
These are the books we'll be digging further into in March.