Putting your leaders where it counts

Alan Bird (Alan Bird is a partner in the Johannesburg office of Bain & Company.)
Robin Buchanan (Robin Buchanan is the senior partner in Bain’s London office)
Paul Rogers (Paul Rogers is a partner in London.)
Marcia Blenko (Marcia Blenko is a partner in Boston.)

Handbook of Business Strategy

ISSN: 1077-5730

Publication date: 1 December 2004


Companies that systematically and continuously put the right leaders in the right jobs outperform companies that don’t – by a wide margin. In this article, the authors argue that chief executives must recognize and act on the consequences of how they deploy their best managers.



Bird, A., Buchanan, R., Rogers, P. and Blenko, M. (2004), "Putting your leaders where it counts", Handbook of Business Strategy, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 59-64. https://doi.org/10.1108/10775730410493991

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