Becoming CEO

You’ve just become the chief executive officer of a big company. Now what do you do?

In this edition of McKinsey Quarterly Five Fifty: A quick briefing in five or a fifty-five deeper dive, becoming CEO is discussed. (See attached articles.) McKinsey found that the most successful CEOs conducted a strategic review in their first two years; were hired from outside the company; and moved quickly to build teams, change the culture, and address opportunities.

What makes a CEO 'exceptional'?