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EP505: Adam Bryant on The CEO Test

Welcome to Season 5 of Connected Intelligence - a podcast about all the things we bring to work that aren’t actually about the work.

Are there common elements that make a great leader or CEO?

Adam Bryant is an expert on executive leadership who has interviewed more than 1,000 leaders for the “Corner Office” series he created at The New York Times and for his four current leadership series on LinkedIn—with CEOs, CHROs, board directors, and prominent Black leaders.

Adam is the author of four books on leadership, published by the Harvard Business Review Press – including “The Leap to Leader: How Ambitious Managers Make the Jump to Leadership,” and “The CEO Test: Master the Challenges that Make or Break All Leaders,” the book that we discuss on this podcast.

We discuss managing up and working with leaders, the trappings of expertitis, substituting the word “priority” with “outcome”, and what Adam thinks is needed most from leaders in the world today.


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