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The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviours that Transform Ordinary People into World Class Leaders

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  1,144 ratings  ·  122 reviews

Everything you thought you knew about becoming a CEO is wrong. You must graduate from an elite college or business school. In fact, only 7 percent of the CEOs of today's companies went to a top school--and 8 percent didn't graduate from college at all. Never put a foot wrong. In fact, people who have become CEOs have on average had five to seven career setbacks on their wa

Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published March 8th 2018 by Virgin Digital (first published March 6th 2018)
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Mar 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, arc
Holy smokes, this book is packed with good information. I'm not looking to become CEO of anything, but I learned a bunch about leadership just the same.

The book is divided into three sections: preparing yourself for the job, getting hired for the job, and succeeding at the job. The sections are further divided into chapters, and then the chapters are divided into very clear and succinct snippets of advice. So in Section 1, you learn how important it is to make decisions faster, build relationsh
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I DID NOT READ THIS VERSION OF THIS BOOK - I chose the wrong one for my "currently reading" list and cannot find a way to get rid of it. That said, here's the review of the version I DID read:

Back in the Dark Ages when I conducted employee development seminars on variety of topics, I made it a point to provide participants with a take-home list of resources - mostly books. If I made such a list today, for sure this one would be on it. It's jam-packed with practical, put-to-workable information o
Alexander Rivas
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-books-read
I read this book because it was one of the two books chosen for "The Next Big Idea" book club. This book gave me a new view of what a CEO looks like instead of what is usually portrayed on mass media. Most of the book is about four behaviors CEO's have with tons of case studies supporting those behaviors. Anyone needing a more clear and real-world view of what a CEO looks like, this is the book to read. ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Back in the Dark Ages when I conducted employee development seminars on variety of topics, I made it a point to provide participants with a take-home list of resources - mostly books. If I made such a list today, for sure this one would be on it. It's jam-packed with practical, put-to-workable information on what it really takes to land a spot at the top of the corporate leaderboard.

Subtitled "The 4 Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders," the book is based on extensiv
Cyndi Elliott
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The CEO Next Door was one I thought I’d struggle with but as one of my #leaderbox titles I had to commit to it. Once I got past the title and the first 50 pages I found a wealth of information from understanding what it takes to be a successful leader to identifying the keys to acing high profile interviews and efficient networking. This is a book for anyone who aspires to climb to the next wrung of their career even if you don’t intend on being CEO.
Shubhi Saxena
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book even though I am just 2 years into my career. Extremely data-driven and with spot-on real life examples. Although some parts might be irrelevant for people in early stage of their careers, this book still has a lot of insight to offer on what skills to develop, what kind of roles to take up and what mistakes to avoid as you progress in your career.
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book provides many crucial guidelines and rare insights into the overpacked life of countless CEO's. A must-read for anybody who wants to lead someday, no matter in which phase of life you currently are. ...more
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you want to be a leader in a business you should probably read this.

Planning resources, growth suggestions, pitfall admonishment, hard numbers to back it all up.
Maria BF
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
While I didn’t love this book, I didn’t hate it either. There was some solid advice/info sprinkled throughout, but I found quite a bit of it to be basic-level knowledge (e.g. be yourself in an interview). I was hoping for something insightful and finally came across it near the end of the book during the section on managing your board of directors. The rest of it was a bit tough to get through merely because the stories/examples tended to drag out beyond the point they were trying to make. Piece ...more
Maciej Nowicki
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The CEO Next Door is based on over 10 years of research into 18,000 professional reports of pre-selected candidates, high-level jobs mostly in billion-dollar companies. The book focuses on CEOs with research separating candidates who turned out to be good leaders as CEOs and those who turned out to be outstanding performers. It does bring to every reader the secrets of the most successful people in business to help you learn from the best so that you can tailor your approach to individual situat ...more
This was a decent book. Here are my notes:

A candidate with a strong accent is 12 times less likely to be hired as a CEO.

Under pressure you don't rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training.

CEOs fail to teach accountability because they aren't accountable to their employees.

CEOs should marry corporate and date the field.

The thing that separates good Navy SEAL officers and great Navy SEAL officers are the great ones demonstrate humility.

Great CEOs are ones that navigate the unknow
Mark Hanson
For those pursuing administration as a profession, there would be some good general lessons about approaching that field. While it is fairly narrowly tailored to that audience, most leaders would probably find some benefit from the material.
La Donna
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An interesting dissection of leaders, pitfalls, and game changers.
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A helpful read, whether you plan to make it to the top spot or not - provides quite a few suggestions about managing your career and what separates those who are successful from those who aren't. ...more
A must-read - this book is unlike the mainstream anecdotal leadership books out there.
4 Stars for the overall content and 1 additional star for the fact that every claim made in the book has been statistically derived from ghSMART’s database of 17,000 CEOs and C-suite executive assessments, 13,000 hours of interviews and two decades advising CEOs and executive boards. GhSMART is the authors' leadership advisory firm, which grooms budding CEOs.

Key takeaways:
1. Authors have developed the concept
Anoop Dixith
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is densely packed with tons of C-suite level stories, happenings at the very top, as well as guidelines and tips for aspiring and current CEOs. Best thing about all of these? Certainly the fact that it's data-driven. The authors, Kim Powell and Elena L. Botelho are consultants at ghSmart, a consultancy firm that primarily advises on leadership strategy, offering support across a broad range of solutions, particularly regarding CEO succession. Apparently, ghSmart had a meaty collection ...more
Chandler Lyles
Mar 19, 2021 rated it liked it
This book read more like a collection of blog posts than an actually well crafted business book. The listicles in every chapter were helpful at first and became draining toward the end.

Three stars because the information contained in the book is very valuable. For me, I would’ve like the storytelling to be a little stronger and for there to have been some tools or systems or resources peppered throughout to make implementation easier.
Jan 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
A rare leadership book that's not full of platitudes and packed with good advice and interesting examples from the author's work with CEOs. Probably more useful to those more advanced in their career, but even as a young professional I enjoyed it a lot. ...more
Bryce B
This is a book that I marked up, tabbed the pages, and plan to revisit often. I like leadership books, but ones that are quantitatively based have a elevated level of validity. If you’re looking for a road map to becoming a business executive, this is it.
Oct 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Please read this book or miss it on your own peril. An amazing book filled with insights and action items to work on your way to leadership.

This book will be of immense help to someone in early 30's as they start their mid-management career and it will give them an insight peek into the CEO journey and what's expected.

The four behaviours and the list of things to do and avoid or explained with real life incidents. The beauty was in the way the authors have described these incidents and visualise
Vanessa Princessa
I read this book thanks to Blinkist.

It is packed with good advice, but written in the most boring & confusing way. I had to re-read multiple passages twice to get to the core idea, which was annoying.

The key message in these blinks:

CEOs aren’t superhuman. In fact, they’re just regular people who’ve developed certain skills that allow them to climb ranks in the workplace. Being decisive, consistent, committed and reliable are all fundamental traits of a CEO. Having a well-planned system in place
Ashley Hite
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The CEO Next Door is an excellent and informative manual for new CEO's and those looking to one day break into the C-suite. Elena Botelho and Kim Powell have taken statistics from 17000 interviews of leaders, directors and CEOs and complied the strongest traits for successful CEOs to adapt. They provide detailed examples from current and former CEOs. The second part of the book focuses on how to build a career and skills to one day fill the CEO position. Again there is a long list of detailed at ...more
Ryan Morton
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great review of career trajectories to the top of both fortune 500 and other companies. The authors present a diverse set of individuals, companies, and approaches to climbing, sustaining, and thriving in executive positions.

I mostly enjoyed the approach taken to write this book for individuals mid-career, or in middle management, who are starting to consider where they want to go in the future. Not everyone can, should, or wants to make it to the top of an organization. This analysis was highly
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No matter in what stages of your career, this book is relevant. For entry level junior, you can sharpen your potential by 4 "must-have" skills. It helps you to advance in career, not just in stagnant middle manager level. For CEO's, this is a good book too, to keep sustaining your hard work in comprehensive aspect. I can say, this book suits everyone from every background.

I love this kind of book: bring the readers to be advance and broader by not forgetting the reality. As you read the book, El
Matt Cannon
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a good book showing that some of the everyday people that you wouldn’t maybe expect can actually make some of the best CEO’s. This book is heavily rooted in data in that they’ve reviewed in-depth questionnaires, interviewed company stakeholders, CEO’s themselves and surveys on the effectiveness of the leaders. The book acts as a framework for anyone interested in understanding the process that CEO’s go through, decisions they have to make and the qualities that are present in those that ...more
Wally Bock
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People into World-Class Leaders by Elena L. Botelho, Kim R. Powell, and Tahl Raz shares solid experience and research-based advice about how to do a better job in a leadership position, how to climb to a senior position, and what to do and how to avoid common pitfalls when you become a CEO. It’s worth reading despite a title that overpromises and some language that is simply silly.

See my full review at
Lawrence Chen
Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just love things based upon stat and knowledge. I got this book before it ever published, (March 7th, 2018, one day before the publishing in Amazon bookstore) I heard a short introduction of this book at Knowledge@Wharton(Leadership Category) . Though, they still talk about big-sense, but at least these big-sense were based upon stat, they are thoughtful ideas instead of speculations.
Risk-Taking, quick decision making and collective horizon form a basic guidline of Leaders.
William Anderson
Sep 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
While having a slow start and delivering little value for the first quarter of the book, momentum thereafter builds rapidly with powerful anecdotes, consolidated takeaways and empowering advice. While geared towards current CEOs this book is perhaps even more valuable in the hands of middle managers with high aspirations. It can help guide them towards the CEO role at a point where veering vs pivots is still effective in their careers and lives.
Moon Talukdar
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is for every professional who wants or not to become a ceo, but to simply advance in your career and to learn some great leadership qualities. Examples of some exceptional CEO’s who’s situations were pretty much similar to us today but no easy. Many of us just look at our reasons not to get the taste of success, be it lack of a degree from reputed schools or family legacy or our own background, but these all doesn’t count if you have a zeal to lead
Alvin Soh
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Succinct book that every aspiring CEO should read

Clear, succinct, practical, and well-backed by research. Well organized that after reading, it is easy to remember. Highly recommended for every aspiring CEO!
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