CEO Attributes and Firm Performance

CEO Attributes and Firm Performance

By
David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
CGRI Research Spotlight Series. Corporate Governance Research Initiative, September
2016

This Research Spotlight provides a summary of the academic literature on the influence that CEOs have on company outcomes (performance and risk). It reviews the evidence of:

  • The contribution of the CEO to overall company performance
  • The relation between previous managerial experience and future performance
  • The relation between personal attributes and performance
  • The relation between personality and performance
  • Factors that might influence risk tolerance

This Research Spotlight expands upon issues introduced in the Quick Guide “CEO Succession Planning.”