Why CEOs of the future will be leaders-for-hire

MT at 50: Jean Martin of insight and technology firm CEB predicts that future leaders will be brought into firms for short periods to do specialist tasks.

by Ian Wylie

Jean Martin is talent solutions architect at insight and technology firm CEB. She predicts that the CEOs of the future will be leaders-for-hire – brought into organisations for shorter periods.

Why do you think the average tenure of a CEO will decrease?

We're working on a new study that shows that leaders' abilities and their ability to perform and achieve high results are extremely context-dependent. We're seeing leaders who have achieved outsized performance in one context going on to underperform in others.

So in 30 years' time, I think we will see leaders who are known for their ability to do specific types of things, whether that's mergers and acquisitions, turnarounds, international growth or diversification.

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