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.