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Preparing to become a CEO

Insights on developing your skills, experience, leadership style, and personal operating model - and navigating the CEO selection process.
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The mindsets and practices of excellent CEOs

– The CEO’s job is as difficult as it is important. Here is a guide to how the best CEOs think and act.

We know what you’re reading this summer

McKinsey’s annual reading list is back—reimagined for this pandemic year.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Understanding the leader’s ‘identity mindtrap’: Personal growth for the C-suite

– If you’re shackled to who you are now, you can’t recognize—or reach for—who you might become next.
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What executives are reading in 2019

– Time to restock your shelves? We asked leaders of some of the world’s biggest organizations to share the books they look... forward to reading or revisiting.

Our 2020 leadership reading list is now live—and reimagined for this pandemic year and broadened to leaders and personalities from diverse fields and global organizations.
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A board interview guide for prospective CEOs

– Working through these questions as they prepare to take the top job can help executives clarify their thinking.
Interactive - McKinsey Quarterly

Five Fifty: Becoming CEO

– You’ve just become the chief executive officer of a big company. Now what do you do?
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How technology is changing the job of the CEO

– More than 75 chief executives and board chairs recently gathered to share concerns and offer one another advice.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

How functional leaders become CEOs

– Limited operational experience is not necessarily a barrier to the top job. Here’s what CFOs and others must do to jump... to the next level.
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.
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.
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Ascending to the C-suite

– A new McKinsey survey finds that executives who move effectively into the C-suite are communicating priorities, valuing their... teams, spending time on culture, and understanding their unique leadership role.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Decoding leadership: What really matters

– New research suggests that the secret to developing effective leaders is to encourage four types of behavior.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

Lead at your best

– Five simple exercises can help you recognize, and start to shift, the mind-sets that limit your potential as a leader.
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.
Article - McKinsey Quarterly

A guide for the CEO-elect

– The days, weeks, or months between taking the job and assuming power are precious. Put them to good use.

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