CEOs Concerned About Identifying Future Leaders


Identifying the Leader of the Future: A a study of 100 CEOs released in June 2012 by RHR International shows that the top concern for 27% of them is identifying what type of leader their organization will need in the future. In addition, another 25% were concerned with giving up the power or prestige of their role.

Other study findings include:

  • 84% of CEOs say that they have at least one individual they can go to who will tell them the unvarnished truth about their decisions and how the organization perceives them. The majority of CEOs (52%) report that this person is the lead director, followed by a member of their executive team (46%), then a non-executive board member (29%).

  • The CEO position is often accompanied by isolation, and 41% of CEOs say they experience loneliness in their role as CEO.

  • Despite increased calls for separating the CEO and chairman roles, 63% of CEOs say they would recommend a combined role for the next CEO of their company.

Source: RHR International 

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Scott Van Camp is editor of PR News, an executive-level, reader-supported publication that helps enhance the business impact of PR. Scott has a rich background in both journalism and PR/marketing. He has more than 15 years of experience as a writer/editor at various consumer and trade publications. Scott was with VNU Business Publications for five years, including stints as managing editor at IQ News and Technology Marketing magazines and senior editor at Brandweek. In the PR/marketing sphere, he has served as corporate communications manager at MarketBridge, a marketing and sales consultancy, and as editorial director for the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council. While at the Council, Scott led several high-profile marketing research projects. He has also operated his own communications and media consulting firm, SVC Communications.



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