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What predicts Executive Success?

Human Resource Executive magazine recently featured an article on new research by John Hausknecht, assistant professor of HR Studies at the Cornell ILR School, about characteristics that predict executive success.

Hausknecht led a team of ILR School researchers that examined the assessments of 72 senior executives from 31 companies in an effort to define the sometimes indefinable qualities that will lead an executive to excel in his or her position.

Their conclusions? The study found that an executive with strong interpersonal skills will drive more positive business results, while "arrogant, hard-driving, impatient and stubborn" leaders rated low on all performance dimensions of the study.

The research also reinforced the belief that an executive's experiences and leadership style are directly linked to performance.