How does a company ensure it’s hiring the best possible person for the CEO job? Sure, recruiters can pore over resumés, interview candidates and talk to countless references to gauge an executive’s character, but that process still leaves too much uncertainty for such a high-profile gig. Thankfully, researchers are constantly probing the personalities, habits and even physical characteristics of the corporate elite. Armed with seven of the most thorough and oddly specific studies our children’s tuition can buy, we’ve selected the executives who best exemplify some overlooked but (apparently) important traits. Alas, a single executive who embodied all of the characteristics could not be found. the ultimate CEO, it seems, may not yet exist.
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