Last Updated Dec 22, 2009 10:06 AM EST
Which is why I like Harvard Business Review's just released collection (Registration required). Pick #2 had me saying, who? And pick #3 did the same. In their Top 100 a good quarter were people or companies unfamiliar to me. Bart Becht? Praxair? A.J. Scheepbouwer?
Also notable are the demotion of execs who often populate "most admired" or "top paid" lists. Folks including Carols Ghosn, Jeff Immelt, and Sam Palmisano take a reputation haircut on HBR's rankings.
Why are the star performers here so different than what you would read in other business publications? Because the criteria used by authors Herminia Ibarra and Morten T. Hansen is different. Here CEOs are ranked by how their public companies performed over their entire time in office -- or, for those still in the job, up until September, 2009. In other words, these execs have been outstanding at creating long-term value. Nearly 2,000 CEOs worldwide were rated.
Here are the Top 10:
- Steve Jobs, Apple
- Yun Jong-Yong, Samsung Electronics
- Alexey B. Miller, Gazprom
- John T. Chambers, Cisco Systems
- Mukesh D. Ambani, Reliance Industries
- John C. Martin, Gilead Sciences
- Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazon.com
- Margaret C. Whitman, eBay
- Eric E. Schmidt, Google
- Hugh Grant, Monsanto
Other interesting factoids:
- A third of CEOs who had an MBA ranked, on average, 40 places better than the CEOs lacking the sheepskin. "This finding suggests that MBA CEOs have not destroyed value, as some critics would have it."
- CEOs who took over from a lower-ranked predecessor did better than those who took the top job from a hot ticket. "Many would argue that a strong company is the best platform for generating superior results. We found that to be far from the case."
"Their success makes a persuasive argument for a new approach to evaluating CEOs. Only by analyzing performance over their tenure and beyond can we begin to understand the nature of great leadership."What do you think of these rankings? Do Top CEO lists over reward charisma and short change performance?