Identifying Trait No. 7: ABSOLUTELY HONEST. Bogus degrees, trumped-up sales figures, even criminal convictions have undermined many dozens of CEOs in recent years. Today there can't even be a whiff of problems with a CEO candidate, because boards, employees, government agencies, and Wall Street are united in saying top executives must be blemish-free.
Nobody says dishonesty won't surface again. But recruiters like Nosal are doing compulsively thorough background checks. "We are going way beyond the normal references. We do criminal and credit checks. We are looking to really get to know these CEO candidates because 21st-century CEOs will be squeaky clean - that's one ingredient everybody agrees on."
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