The All-Powerful CEO Bad for Boardroom

Financial Times, November 13, 2011

2 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2011


This commentary argues that disparity in stature between the chief executive and other directors (for example, a 'star' CEO whose accomplishments and renown are much greater that the non-executive directors) can harm board performance and provides suggestions on how parity in stature among board members can be maintained so as to preserve the board's standing and authority.

Note: This article is drawn in part from 'Elevating board performance: The significance of director mindset, operating context, and other behavioral and functional considerations' (available at

Keywords: board of directors, star CEOs, relative status, group dynamics and behavior

JEL Classification: G34, L20

Suggested Citation

Wong, Simon C. Y., The All-Powerful CEO Bad for Boardroom. Financial Times, November 13, 2011. Available at SSRN:

Simon C. Y. Wong (Contact Author)

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