Personality Check: How CEOs Influence Company Culture

June 13, 2024


In my work as a CEO coach, I have often observed the extent to which organizational culture reflects the personality of the chief executive, with both strengths and weaknesses reverberating throughout the company.

Research clearly backs up my experience. For example, Stanford Graduate School of Business researchers examined 460 CEOs across more than 300 companies and found significant correlations between CEO personality traits and company culture. In another study, researchers found that certain personality traits were associated with both financial and operational performance.