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Early results from McKinsey’s proprietary CEO Excellence Assessment Tool offer insights into the key issues facing more than 100 CEOs, mostly from Asia, and where they feel most confident—and most vulnerable.

The CEO role is one of the most challenging and demanding positions in any organization, particularly in the current economic climate. It is also one of the most important. Our research indicates that as much as 45 percent of a company’s performance can be attributed to the CEO’s influence.1

But how are CEOs actually performing? What issues are they struggling with, and what can be done to help them perform at their highest level? These are some of the questions that the McKinsey Center for CEO Excellence (MCCE) seeks to answer. A new addition to the tool kit is our proprietary CEO Excellence Assessment Tool (CEAT), a compact self-assessment centered on the six dimensions of leadership described in the book CEO Excellence, written by McKinsey senior partners Carolyn Dewar, Scott Keller, and Vikram Malhotra