CXO is the collective name given to that expanding class of corporate executives whose title begins with the word 'chief' and ends with the word 'officer'. Leading in the Top Team explores the leadership contributions required from the CEO, and by chiefs of other key business functions, including finance, marketing, sales, supply chain, manufacturing, IT, R and D, HR, governance, communications and the strategic business unit. Leadership in each of these areas is examined by looking at its history, challenges facing the CXO, how each function needs to work with other key areas, and likely future developments. The focus throughout is to provide practical advice based on the actions and decisions of real leaders in a range of roles and situations. This is an excellent book for giving business leaders, whether current or potential, an overview of the work of leadership and teamwork at the top level of the company.
Preston Bottger is Professor of Leadership and Management Development at IMD International, Lausanne.
Figures; Tables; Contributors; Editor's acknowledgments; 1. Introduction - leading within and across the functions Preston Bottger and Jean-Louis Barsoux; Part I. The Business Imperatives: 2. The leadership imperative - driving wealth creation Preston Bottger; 3. The talent imperative - all CXOs must strengthen the company's talent pool Jean-Louis Barsoux and Preston Bottger; 4. The learning imperative - going offline to improve performance Jean-Louis Barsoux and Preston Bottger; Part II. The CXOs: Within the Functions: 5. The Chief Marketing Officer - creating, delivering and communicating value to customers Dominique Turpin and George Radler; 6. The Chief Sales Officer - sell, sell, sell! Jonathan Lachowitz and Preston Bottger; 7. The Chief Supply Chain Officer - designing and managing lean and agile supply chains Carlos Cordon and Kim Sundtoft Hald; 8. The Chief Manufacturing Officer - process execution, improvement and design Kim Sundtoft Hald; 9. The Chief Financial Officer - a capital position Leif Sjoblom; 10. The Chief Technology Officer - corporate navigator, agent of change and entrepreneur Jean-Philippe Deschamps; 11. The Chief Information Officer - achieving credibility, relevance and business impact Donald A. Marchand; 12. The Chief Human Resources Officer - delivering people who can deliver Preston Bottger and Paul Vanderbroeck; 13. The Corporate Governance Officer - from company secretary to manager of governance processes Ulrich Steger and Preston Bottger; 14. The Chief Communications Officer - leading strategic communications Gordon Adler; 15. The SBU President - perhaps the best job for the CEO-in-training Jonathan Lachowitz and Preston Bottger; 16. CXOs and the Line - serving the internal customer Preston Bottger, Paul Vanderbroeck and Jean-Louis Barsoux; Part III. The CEO and the Leadership Team - Pulling it all Together: 17. From CXO to CEO - the weight of accountability Jean-Louis Barsoux and Preston Bottger; 18. The Chief Executive Officer - orchestrating the whole Peter Lorange; 19. Relations among CXOs - competing priorities spell trouble Jean-Louis Barsoux; 20. The top team - from executive group to executive team Jean-Philippe Deschamps; Part IV. Conclusion: 21. Summary: the CXO challenge - wealth creation by the executive team Preston Bottger and Jean-Louis Barsoux; Index.