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The mindsets and practices of excellent CEOs
For all the scrutiny of the CEOâ€™s role, though, little is solidly understood about what CEOs really do to excel. McKinsey's longtime leader, Marvin Bower, considered the CEO's job so specialized that he felt executives could prepare for the post only by holding it. Many of the CEOs we've worked with have expressed similar views. In their experience, even asking other CEOs how to approach the job doesn't help, because suggestions vary greatly once they go beyond high-level advice such as "set the strategy," "shape the culture," and "get the right team." Perhaps that's not surprising - industry contexts differ, as do leadership preferences - but it illustrates that fellow CEOs don't necessarily make reliable guides.
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