Art Or Science?: How To Select A New Leadership Team After A Merger Or Acquisition

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Selecting a leadership team is one of the most important decisions the CEO of a newly combined company will ever face. Employees, investors, and board members will be watching closely because the selection decisions set the tone for both the near-term integration process and long-term capabilities and culture of the business. The choices also reflect on the CEO as an individual. But how? Should CEOs use a scientific approach that is fact-based, analytical and objective? Or should they focus on what some might consider a softer side of leadership, emphasizing subjective factors such as personality, loyalty, motivation, politics, and team chemistry? Here is the debate every CEO should consider when choosing a new leadership team.

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