About the CEO Genome® research
The CEO Genome® research was conducted over 10 years as part of ghSMART’s CEO Genome® project. Our data set of assessments of 17,000 C-suite executives—including more than 2,000 CEOs—covers all major industry sectors, and companies ranging from the Fortune 100 down to $10 million businesses.
This database includes details on career and education, patterns of behavior, business results, and performance for each executive. The data was gathered in 4-to-5 hour interviews with every executive, often supplemented by interviews with their teams, board members, and business associates.
Our team of 14 researchers—made up of psychologists; economists led by Professor Steven N. Kaplan at the University of Chicago and Professor Morten Sorensen at Copenhagen Business School; statisticians, financial markets experts; and data scientists at SAS Inc. and NYU —analyzed the data for statistically significant patterns to differentiate:
- Candidates who got hired for CEO roles from those who didn’t get the job, and
- CEOs who met or exceeded expectations from those who underperformed
The research was conducted using cutting-edge analytical techniques to identify the factors associated with the candidates most likely to be hired and to perform strongly in CEO roles. The results of that analysis led us distill our research into the CEO essential behaviors.