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Recruiting execs? Examine military experience

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in Best-Practices Leadership,Hiring,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Leadership Skills

Companies led by CEOs with military experience have outperformed the S&P 500 Index over the past three-, five- and 10-year periods by as much as 20 percentage points, according to a study by executive-search firm Korn/Ferry International.

Plus, such "soldier CEOs" have longer staying power, sticking around an average of 7.2 years, compared with 4.6 years for CEOs without military experience. The study suggests that the leadership skills needed to manage stressful situations during real-world military operations can enhance performance in a corporate environment.

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