What do our CEOx1Day finalists think about leadership?

Odgers Berndtson's CEOx1Day initiative aims - in part - to help dispel cynicism and build interest and trust in business among next generation leaders. The programme gives students the chance to spend a day with a Chief Executive of a major business or organisations including CEOs from several FTSE companies. 

Ahead of their day shadowing the CEOs, we talked to our finalists about their expectations both of the programme and of business.


David Sproul, CEO of Deloitte UK who is taking part in the programme said: “one of the most important challenges that leaders face is building trust in business - the trust of their employees, customers and the wider public. Central to this is addressing the perceptions people have of corporations and those at the top. Taking part in CEO for a Day is a great opportunity for me to better appreciate what the younger generation thinks about business and, crucially, whether they believe the path to leadership is open to them.”

When asked by Odgers Berndtson about what it takes to be a good leader, many of the UK students applying to take part in CEO for a Day cited the need to earn trust and respect through personal integrity, high standards and setting a good example. 


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Find out more about the CEO for a Day programme in the UK

CEO for a Day