Executive Leadership Development

Our services include:

Increasingly, our clients tell us that leadership assessment without an explicit link to development is a lost opportunity to embed key leadership behaviors and to produce sustainable business results. Heidrick & Struggles’ Executive Leadership Development experts link assessment outcomes and development activities directly to business imperatives. We create development paths that enable senior leaders to achieve their full potential and ensure companies realize a performance return from their investment.

Our Executive Leadership Development solutions focus on personal leadership effectiveness and is built by blending our client’s unique context with a rigorous, practical and well researched framework. Elements of our team’s approach include:

  • Discovery and Design – A deep understanding of strategic intent helps us craft a future leadership model
  • Assessment for Development – Executives are mapped to the model and development needs are identified
  • Personal Leadership Effectiveness Workshops – Individuals explore their strengths and development needs, commit to change and identify strategic initiatives and projects that give opportunity to practice new skills and behaviors.
  • Apply in the Business – Our experienced coaches support individual leaders as they deliver new behaviors and competencies directly in their business context.
  • Measure, Review and Cascade – Assess business impact, learn lessons and cascade to the next layer of leadership.

Clients seek our counsel to develop new and deeper leadership capabilities in a variety of situations, such as when they embark on a new strategy, need to develop their talent pipeline and bench, and to improve the deployment, engagement and retention of their most senior executives. Our work is directly linked to business impact, accelerating the development of senior leadership to deliver on strategic promises, create and sustain commitment and ensure execution on business performance and results.

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Krishnan Rajagopalan

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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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