Majority of Executives Would Not Take Job of U.S. President

Feb 10 2017

By:  Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief, Hunt Scanlon Media.  Originally posted on HuntScanlonMedia.com on February 9, 2017. 

Eighty five percent of respondents to a recent survey said they would rather be CEO of a company than chief executive of the nation. Here’s some surprising reasons why.

A vast majority of corporate professionals would much rather take the helm of their own organization than become President of the United States, according to recent survey by Korn Ferry. In a survey of nearly 1,500 respondents, only 15 percent said they would choose being chief executive of the highest office in the land over being CEO of their own company.

“In a way, you could consider the incoming U.S. President as the next national CEO,” said Korn Ferry Hay Group senior partner Rick Lash. “While serving as a corporate CEO is generally considered a very challenging role, executives acknowledge the U.S. President faces hurdles that are much higher than those faced by a leader in corporate America.”

Read More

See More Posts

Whiplash Leadership

Whiplash Leadership

By Russell Pearlman; originally published in Briefings magazine. For most organizations, it began in mid-March 2020.  Not just the pandemic and the slew of business lockdowns, of course, but the round after round of decision making. The first wave of decisions had...

read more
The Story Principle: The Inspiring Language of Leadership

The Story Principle: The Inspiring Language of Leadership

By Kevin Cashman; originally posted on his Forbes blog:  Pause Point on June 23, 2021.  Stories are the language of leadership that can move both heads and hearts to go beyond what people thought was possible. A personal story. My phone rang at 2:00 am – rarely a good...

read more