The CEO (chief executive officer) is the most influential figure in a company: a bad one can wreck a company; a good one makes sound business decisions, propelling their company to success. Yet there are several significant problems with how leading companies treat the role. Not only are performance problems common, but too much emphasis is also placed on the CEO. Too often companies suffer from problems relating to CEOs which are avoidable. Correcting issues will pay dividends over the long-term.

Key Questions Answered

  • How do scandals happen under powerful CEOs?
  • How can entrepreneurs become successful CEOs?
  • Do CEOs have too much influence?
  • Why should companies have CEO succession plans?


  • Explores the validity of CEO pay
  • Analyses the transition from founder to CEO
  • Looks at the power wielded by CEOs
  • Assesses how scandals can be traced back to CEOs

Reasons To Buy

  • Despite lucrative remuneration packages, experience and extensive range of power, several CEOs of major businesses have missed brewing scandal - indeed, in many instances the management philosophy of a CEO has been the root cause of scandal.
  • Blind faith in the decision-making abilities of CEOs represents a significant problem for the future prosperity of many companies. Not only that, but stock markets can share faith, inciting jumpy behavior regarding the value of a firm depending on the likelihood of a CEO departing or staying.
  • The problems of succession planning can strike even very large and successful companies. Samsung has been thrust into a power structure crisis following the imprisonment of Mr. Lee, the heir to the Samsung business empire. With the current CEO soon to be gone following a high-profile scandal, power vacuums could soon open.