HBR published their top 100 performing CEOs in 2016. They then interviewed the top three (link below):

  1. Lars Rebien Sørensen, Novo Nordisk CEO
  2. Martin Sorrell, WPP CEO
  3. Pablo Isla, Inditex CEO

Key highlights from the round table included –

Inditex CEO Pablo Isla, on how his leadership style has evolved to keep pace with constant change.

In managing a company, you of course need to be rational. I lead a company with more than 150,000 employees and millions of customers. But I’m gradually learning to be less rational and more emotional. Motivating people and generating a sense of spirit inside a company are essential parts of the CEO’s role. We need to appeal to our employees’ emotions to help create an environment where they can innovate.

Novo Nordisk CEO Lars Rebien Sørensen, on adapting to manage younger talent.

The Millennials have grown up seeing businesses start from scratch, thanks to the emergence of technology that allows young people to create and communicate and make apps. I think that has influenced their willingness to invest in being part of brand building or make a long-term commitment to companies. But that can change if a company offers a sense of purpose, in which case people are willing to partake in a journey that can last years or even decades.

Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, on woman at the top.

I’ve seen the greatest traction where women are running operations, business units, or in our case agencies. Because they’re in positions of authority, they go the extra mile to attract other talented, ambitious women. But the problem is, on the whole women haven’t had enough opportunities. One other thing: I’ve said this on a number of occasions, and it may get me into trouble again, but in our business women are better than men. They’re better organized, and they have higher EQs.


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