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In the face of today’s unrelenting competitive pressures, shifting market dynamics and ever-increasing customer expectations, the organizations that will be most successful are those that have the right people in the top leadership roles working effectively together, an organizational culture that is aligned with the strategic direction of the business, and a commitment to developing the leaders needed for the future.  

A premier executive search and leadership advisory firm for 65 years, Spencer Stuart understands what exceptional leadership is and how to select and develop leaders who create the conditions for business success.

We continuously invest in building our knowledge of leadership and expand our capabilities both organically and through acquisitions and partnerships to help you better respond to the opportunities and challenges of today’s more ambiguous, complex business environment.



Executive Development and Leadership Coaching

Our development-focused assessments provide objective, actionable information about individuals to identify leadership potential in succession candidates; inform strategies to build a diverse talent pipeline for key roles; optimize team effectiveness and develop onboarding plans for new executives. Drawing on insights from assessments, our coaches help clients develop their leadership capabilities and enhance their effectiveness. We also have access to an additional network of coaches through our Cambria Consulting business.

CEO Succession Planning

As expert advisers on candidate assessment, executive development and the CEO selection process, we assist CEOs, CHROs and boards with the important and complex task of CEO succession planning. We help organizations identify, assess and develop a diverse pipeline of potential successors and design an inclusive process that is effective, fair and credible.

CEO and Senior Executive Onboarding

The earliest days for a new leader, especially the CEO, represent a critical window for establishing the tone and agenda for the rest of his or her tenure. We offer customized support to help new CEOs and other senior executives make the most out of this critical period, with a specific focus on enhancing individual and team effectiveness, building needed expertise, and defining and shaping the organization’s culture.

Virtual Team Leadership

Leading virtual teams and geographically dispersed employees can be very challenging. It’s more difficult to hold employees accountable, build trust and strong relationships, and coach from a distance. Leveraging our extensive research and consulting experience, we offer a variety of interactive programs to support leaders operating virtually to be more effective and enhance team performance.


Top Team Effectiveness

Organizations that cultivate and sustain high-performing senior leadership teams are more likely to realize breakout success. We measure the factors that have the greatest impact on the health of top leadership teams, including team styles and dynamics, and provide advice for improving team performance and alignment with the future direction of the business. We advise on areas such as team formation, role definition and structure.


Mergers and Acquisitions

Both pre- and post-merger, we partner with clients to identify potential cultural barriers that may need to be overcome, define the capabilities required for critical roles in the merged company, and provide accurate, objective assessments that help companies select, retain and integrate the right people for the business and forge a unified top team.

Organizational Culture, Talent and Strategy Alignment

Our proprietary organizational culture framework and diagnostic tools help companies define their current culture and identify the cultural styles that support their strategic imperatives. We use these insights to help organizations design and implement a target culture, and help teams make related leadership decisions. Kincentric, a Spencer Stuart company, leverages decades of experience, people analytics and change management principles to help organizations drive culture change and create more inclusive cultures. To further support strategic alignment, Kincentric’s HR & Talent Advisory employs a holistic, evidence-based approach to helping organizations optimize their HR function.

Employee Experience & Engagement

High-performing organizations come from highly engaged employees gaining meaningful experiences during key moments of inspiration, leadership, recognition and development. Through an unmatched combination of impactful people solutions, insightful data and enabling technology, Kincentric, helps organizations articulate a clear vision and activate a strategy of continuous dialogue, inspiring people to thrive, give their best efforts and achieve extraordinary results.