March 29, 2022 | 1:00 - 1:50 pm ET

CEO Excellence: 6 Mindsets that Distinguish High-Performing Leaders

The role of the CEO has never been more demanding—or more important. Thirty percent of Fortune 500 CEOs last fewer than three years, and two out of five new CEOs are deemed failing within 18 months. On the flip side, CEOs whose companies rank in the top 20% in their industries are generating 2.8 times more annual returns to shareholders than peers. So, what sets the best leaders apart from the rest?

Join Chief Executive Group and McKinsey on March 29, 1:00 – 1:50 pm ET, to explore how the best CEOs think and act differently across six core responsibilities, as described in our speakers’ new book, CEO Excellence. The book debuted on the WSJ list at #2 and on the USAToday bestseller list at #21.

Based on decades of research and hundreds of hours of interviews with the 21st century’s top-performing CEOs , the authors will help you answer critical leadership questions, such as:

  • How do you look into the future, respond to unexpected challenges, and motivate others? (some of the insights are counterintuitive!)
  • How do you sharpen your skills in leading your organization to higher levels?
  • How is the role of the CEO changing in response to the ESG demands of multiple stakeholders?
  • How do top CEOs treat the “soft stuff” like the “hard stuff”?
  • How do excellent CEOs manage the relationship with their boards?
  • How do top-performing CEOs mobilize their leadership teams to work toward a common vision?
  • What are some of the best practices for managing personal effectiveness?


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Scott Keller

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Scott is a senior partner in McKinsey’s Southern California office. He co-leads the firm’s global CEO Excellence service line. Scott spent his early consulting years working on business strategy and operational topics until his life was turned upside down when his second child was born with profound special needs. After taking time off to attend to his family, Scott returned to McKinsey with the desire to bring the best of psychology, social science, and the field of human potential into the workplace. Scott is a cofounder of Digital Divide Data and one of a few hundred people in history known to have traveled to every country in the world.

Vik Malhotra

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Vik Malhotra is a senior partner in McKinsey’s New York office and is the longest-tenured member of the firm. He served on its Board of Directors for 13 years, its Operating Committee for six, and its Senior Partner Committee for five. He was also Managing Partner for the Americas and currently chairs the firm’s Professional Standards Committee. Throughout his career, Vik has spent extensive time counseling CEOs and boards. He is also active with major nonprofits outside of McKinsey. He currently serves as the chairman of the board at the Wharton Graduate School (University of Pennsylvania) and is a trustee of The New York City Partnership, trustee emeritus of the Asia Society, and a former trustee of The Conference Board.    


Dan Bigman

Dan Bigman

Editor-in-Chief, Chief Executive Group

Dan Bigman is Editor and Chief Content Officer of Chief Executive Group, publishers of Chief Executive, Corporate Board Member, ChiefExecutive.net, Boardmember.com and StrategicCFO360. Previously he was Managing Editor at Forbes and the founding business editor of NYTimes.com.

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