CEOs seem to thrive in fast-paced, challenging environments


Fierce CEO | October 19, 2017

The Fierce CEO article, “CEOs seem to thrive in fast-paced, challenging environments," quoted Russell Reynolds Associates Consultant Dean Stamoulis about what makes a successful CEO. The article is excerpted below.

Good CEOs seem to be a step ahead of the rest of us, driven, dynamic, staying ahead of the curve. It takes many attributes to accomplish all of this, but one hallmark is drive and another is energy.

“The best performing CEOs with the best results have the ability to get things done efficiently and with urgency,” said Dean Stamoulis, a managing director at Russell Reynolds Associates, which supplies guidance to boards on CEO selection. "They ignore the noise and focus on what is important to make things happen at a bottom line level.”


CEOs have a passion to have an impact and results. “In 10 minutes they cover more topics in depth and breadth than a conversation with any other manager,” Stamoulis said. “The focus is always on what’s next.”

Being with an executive search firm, Stamoulis sees the good and the bad. “If they describe their prior positions in the same way, that’s a red flag, because they see each position in the same way,” he said.

“When they have volunteered to learn from each position that is a good sign,” Stamoulis said. “A good CEO is thirsty and likely to lead a group through difficulties to real business results.”

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CEOs seem to thrive in fast-paced, challenging environments