Two weeks ago I began a discussion of the complex process of evaluating potential chief executives, with a look at the so-called Big 5 personality traits on which many such evaluations are based. These five traits in turn have a total of 21 secondary characteristics. I looked at how all of these traits are evident in a group of 20 top executives of the listed manufacturing company in question.
Following a thorough analysis, it is now time to focus more on the two CEO candidates, Mr Metha and Mr Suwan. I begin by reminding the CEO that no two people are alike, so the person he and the board choose isn't going to do the job the same way he has. Therefore, we should look at the candidates, their skills and personalities and what and how they can contribute to the company in the capacity of CEO.
Mr Metha is strong in terms of extraversion, which makes him an outstanding negotiator. A pleasant manner and a high degree of diplomacy have made him well accepted by his team as well as by the board of directors. He has high ambition to expand the business, supported by extremely high innovation and analytical thinking skills. These enhance his ability to create a new business model that may not be easily understood by others at first. He is also a bit low on self-confidence. Hence, he may worry too much and struggle to cope in a pressure situation.
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