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.

Knowledge Center

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Building a better government affairs function in China

By Jonathan H. Zhu 13 Oct 2015 - Publication

By using a more sophisticated, thoughtful approach, and better understanding the talent needs required, multinational drug companies can better position themselves for long-term success in China’s fast-growing pharma market.

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The five essentials of customer-centric cultures

By Heidrick & Struggles 19 May 2015 - Article

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Krishnan Rajagopalan

Meet Our Leadership

Krishnan Rajagopalan President and Chief Executive Officer

Krishnan Rajagopalan is President and Chief Executive Officer, based in Heidrick & Struggles’ Washington, D.C. office. He was named to this role July 6, 2017. He serves on the Board of Directors and also leads the firm’s Executive Committee.

Previously, Krishnan served as Acting CEO at Heidrick & Struggles, while also leading the Executive Search business globally. In his prior leadership roles, Krishnan served as head of global Executive Search practices and for a time, led the firm's Leadership Consulting Practice.

He has been recognized by Business Week as one of the “100 Most Influential Executive Recruiters in the World.” Krishnan focuses on leading senior-level searches for clients in the management consulting, technology services, outsourcing, and venture capital arenas. Krishnan has also conducted search assignments for executives in a broad range of corporate functions, including chief executive officer, chief operating officer, 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 and 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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