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This report shows how much the role of CEO has changed over the past decade. Chief executives today have to be more agile in reacting to a more dynamic marketplace, show greater resilience to a wider spectrum of pressures and be ready to constantly challenge the status quo.

Less time to do more

In reality, today’s CEO has less time to bring in new ideas, correct early missteps or leave a legacy (interestingly, we found that 83% of UK CEOs are putting in place measures to ensure their personal vision is realised after they leave).

The view among 70% of UK chief executives is that today’s CEOs are in post for around five years and that this is less time than when their career began.

62% of UK CEOs said they need to act with greater agility because of shortening tenures

Nobody is ever perfect. It's only when you are open and recognise where the gap might be that you can bring in resources to train, gain experience and build capabilites.

Louise Ainsworth
CEO EMEA
Kantar, Media Division

The learning CEO

     

Being chief executive is a constant learning experience. Kantar's Louise Ainsworth says it is vital for CEOs to adopt a growth mindset when they assume the role. "Nobody is ever perfect and no organisation is ever perfect. It's only when you are open and recognise where the gap might be that you can bring in resources to train, gain experience and build capabilities".

In our survey, 74% of UK CEOs admitted to having made a significant misstep early in their careers that they subsequently overcame.

62% of UK CEOs say they need to act with greater agility because of shortening tenures

What we’re seeing is the demise – almost the disappearance – of the old fashioned big personality … and in their place the rise of somebody with different values and behaviours.

Brian McBride
Former Chairman
ASOS