Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2005 (Revised August 2006)

The Perfect CEO

by G. Felda Hardymon and Ann Leamon


A venture capitalist must decide among three highly qualified candidates to be CEO of a start-up software company. Each has unique strengths and weaknesses and will take the company in very different directions. Whom should he recommend to the board?

Keywords: Selection and Staffing; Competency and Skills; Leadership Style;


Hardymon, G. Felda, and Ann Leamon. "The Perfect CEO." Harvard Business School Case 805-156, June 2005. (Revised August 2006.)