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Transitioning into the CEO role

Insights on the factors underpinning successful CEO transitions, from setting bold aspirations to building an effective senior team and developing stakeholder relationships.

Advice for transitioning into the chief-executive role

– While every transition is unique, here are some pointers for executives moving into the top job.

Making a successful transition to CEO

– This booklet assembles a collection of McKinsey’s best thinking and advice for the ultimate new role—becoming CEO—to help leaders take the reins in a way that maximizes sustainable impact.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How new CEOs can boost their odds of success

– A data-driven look at the link between the strategic moves of new CEOs and the performance of their companies highlights the importance of quick action and of adopting an outsider’s perspective.

Managing CEO transitions

– McKinsey’s research shows that a leaders' best chance to lock in new organizational norms is usually during the first few months on the job.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

What makes a CEO ‘exceptional’?

– We assessed the early moves of CEOs with outstanding track records; some valuable lessons for leadership transitions emerged.
Blog post

How insider CEOs can gain the outsider’s edge

– Outsiders continue to make inroads and land leadership positions. How can insiders cultivate a valuable external perspective?
Blog post

Is your company underperforming? Use the full CEO playbook

– There are many things new CEOs can do to try to right a foundering ship, but what should take priority?
Interview - McKinsey Quarterly

Voices of experience on the CEO transition

– The former CEOs of Aetna and Covidien reflect on their early days in the role.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How quickly should a new CEO shift corporate resources?

– Moving early to reconfigure the business portfolio and top-management team improves corporate performance and the odds for a lengthy tenure.
Podcast - McKinsey Quarterly

CEO transitions: The science of success

– New CEOs are faced with a bewildering array of choices, so it’s crucial for them to take a data-driven look at potentially major moves—and to know when to make them.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Letter to a newly appointed CEO

– McKinsey’s former managing director Ian Davis offers to new CEOs advice distilled from his experience supporting executives during their transitions into the role.

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