The Leadership Lift

By Susanne Blazek, Lalitha Urs, and Evelyn Orr; originally posted to Korn Ferry Institute on October 7, 2015. 

When presidents, royalty, and CEOs seek to optimize their health, they turn to elite medical centers’ executive health programs, where internists, cardiologists, dietitians, and others help them elevate every aspect of their fitness. The expert teams not only prescribe a regimen but also ask—is it effective over the course of months and years?

For alumni of Korn Ferry’s Chief Executive Institute™ (CEI) and Executive to Leader Institute™ (ELI) the value of the 12-month experience—even as much as 25 years later—is sustained and powerful.

To assess the enduring impact of CEI and ELI, intensive programs that Fast Company magazine called the “Mayo Clinic of leadership development,” researchers from the Korn Ferry Institute interviewed 39 people who completed CEI or ELI between 1989 and 2013.1 The executives were asked what the experience was like for them, what they had learned about themselves, how they applied those insights to their work, and what impact on their careers they attributed to the program.

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Women CEOs Speak

Korn Ferry Institute in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation conducted comprehensive interviews and assessments with 57 women who were Fortune 1000 CEOs.  Our goal was to discern what made them unique.  Considering the fact that only 6% of Fortune 1000 CEOs are women, some interesting findings surfaced:

  • Most never set out to be CEOs
  • Most had a key inflection point based on someone seeing and fostering their potential
  • They were particularly driven by challenge
  • They were motivated by purpose
  • They had a significantly higher degree of humility than male CEOs.

The whitepaper found HERE may be of interest as you seek to develop a more diverse and inclusive CEO/Senior Executive Pipeline.