Executive Leadership Assessment

Our services include:

Heidrick & Struggles’ approach to Executive Leadership Assessment is strongly linked to development and integrates with other interventions in our LC portfolio to ensure clients get a complete understanding of the depth and breadth of their leadership capability.

Our clients demand to know the quality of the leadership talent they have available to drive their strategic initiatives, be that the launch of a growth strategy, the integration of an acquisition or the transformation of a key business unit.  Having the right leadership model and being able to assess and benchmark behavior and competency against it is a fundamental requirement for effective strategy execution.

Our leadership assessment teams create customized approaches for every client. We ensure consistency by using a robust methodology, a flexible proprietary model and highly trained, skilled assessors. We also work directly with each individual leader to address their own strengths and values, development areas and alert them to risks and potential derailers.

We tailor every assignment to meet the needs of our clients, with a sampling of services such as:

  • Review and design of leadership behavior and competency models that align directly with strategic imperatives
  • Competency based interviews to probe for evidence of the key behaviors and competencies
  • Analysis of performance data, 360 input, psychometrics and referencing
  • Benchmark against external market and internal talent pool
  • Detailed assessment and development reports identifying key strengths and highlighting development areas for individuals and the team as a whole

We deliver an objective, neutral and professional evaluation of leaders and company leadership in the context of the organization’s strategic needs.

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Krishnan Rajagopalan

Meet Our Leadership

Krishnan Rajagopalan President and Chief Executive Officer

Krishnan Rajagopalan is President and CEO for Heidrick & Struggles, a trusted advisor to clients across executive search, leadership assessment and development, organization and team effectiveness, and culture shaping. He serves on the Board of Directors and also leads the firm’s Executive Committee.

Krishnan formerly led Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Executive Search business unit. Between 2007 and 2015, he led the firm’s Global Technology & Services practice. Krishnan has been recognized as one of the “100 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World” by Business Week.

Krishnan’s personal practice focuses on leading global senior-level searches for clients in the consulting, technology services, outsourcing, software and private equity arenas. Additionally, Krishnan conducts search assignments for executives in a broad range of corporate functions, including CEO, COO and President positions, as well as senior-level positions in strategy/development and client relationship development.

Prior to joining Heidrick & Struggles, Krishnan was a Vice President/Partner with A.T. Kearney Consulting. During Krishnan’s tenure with A.T. Kearney, he focused on strategy, operations/procurement and e-business across a wide array of industries including technology services, hi-tech and manufacturing. Krishnan has conducted numerous engagements where he was an active part of defining and assessing the executive leadership team. Prior to joining A.T. Kearney, Krishnan was a consultant with Price Waterhouse in its Strategic Management Consulting Group. Before embarking on his consulting career, Krishnan was a Lead Engineer with Harris Corporation in the commercial satellite communications arena.

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