Creative CEOs Aren't Necessarily Leaders

By John S. McClenahen Chief executives who are creative may be great to be around, but their creativity doesn't necessarily make them great leaders. Indeed, 45% of 181 senior executives polled by Christian & Timbers, an executive recruitment firm, say the ability to attract and retain the best talent is the No. 1 leadership trait CEOs must have. Less than one-quarter of those polled -- 22% -- say the ability to inspire others is the most important CEO leadership trait. Nearly as many -- 20% -- believe strong ethical values are No. 1, and 7% cite delivery of a strong P&L. As for creativity, just 6% say it's the most important leadership trait for CEOs.

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