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Are You a Likely CEO?

Track your chances of becoming a chief executive at one of the world’s largest companies, based on a study of incoming leaders.

For the past 16 years, we've studied the background of incoming CEOs at the world's largest 2,500 public companies as part of the annual Strategy& CEO Success study. Take this quiz to assess your immediate chances, based on the data we've collected, of becoming a chief executive in your chosen industry.


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Answer the following questions, and we'll check whether the statistics about you coincide with the data we have collected about CEOs in your chosen industry.

Question 1/of 10

Select the industry you wish to be a CEO in:

Select your gender:

Select your age:

Select your highest level of education:

Have you worked in other industries?

Have you worked internationally?

Do you plan on becoming CEO of your current company or another company in the industry?

Are you a citizen of the country where the company is headquartered?

What area do you currently work in?

Do you have experience leading a business unit?

The results are in! Find out if you have what it takes to be a CEO.

Quiz Results | Click on the segments below to review your answers.


To gain more insights from the latest CEO study, read:

  • From the Outside In

    by DeAnne Aguirre, Per-Ola Karlsson, and Gary L. Neilson
    Faced with volatility, more companies are looking beyond their own ranks to find new leadership. Multimedia: Take the quiz “Are You a Likely CEO?

To learn more about what it takes to become a CEO, read:

  • The Wise Leader

    by Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou
    Practical wisdom in business comes from combining the broad view with the narrow, and opportunity with constraint.
  • The Situational Leader

    by Matthew Prewitt
    Jack Stahl, a former chief executive at Coca-Cola and Revlon, discusses how great leaders balance their broad strategic missions with constant attention to organizational detail.
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