Who wants to be CEO anyway?

The CEO may be the holy grail of jobs in the corporate world in most countries, but not in Spain. An annual survey carried out by Spanish business school IESE and Burson-Marsteller found that nearly 15% of Spanish managers definitely didn't want to be CEO, and that another 10% felt rather lukewarm about the position.

by IESE Insight
Last Updated: 23 Jul 2013

Despite the attractions of the job, such as the opportunity to take on new challenges or put your own ideas into practice, many managers felt that it would be difficult to combine CEO responsibilities with personal and family life (29% of respondents). High levels of stress (22.6%) and inadequate compensation (25.8%) were also recurrent concerns.

The majority of managers (79%) also think that the job has got harder over the last 10 years. Many denounce the increasing complexity of relationships with stakeholders as a key challenge, along with dealing with over-zealous supervision by board directors.

Now in its 14th edition, the survey reports the opinions of more than 200 senior managers in domestic and multinational companies based in Spain regarding politics, the economy, business and social issues.

Source: Who'd want to be CEO anyway?
IRCO, Burson-Marsteller
IESE Insight, July 2006

Review by Emilie Filou

Find this article useful?

Get more great articles like this in your inbox every lunchtime