ceo evaluation

Boardroom Metrics works with public, private and not-for-profit Boards, helping them execute the three key roles of a Board of Directors: identify and mitigate risk; validate strategy and oversee execution; and, hire and performance manage the CEO.

For the past five years, our CEO Performance Evaluation Form has been the most popular download on the Boardroom Metrics site.

You can download it here.

Our CEO evaluation form is a straightforward measurement of the CEO’s capabilities. It looks at performance in the areas of leadership, management, financial management and governance. Administering the evaluation is simple and does not take long. Once done, Boards and CEO’s can use the evaluation to tweak CEO performance and role expectations.

Why are people downloading the CEO evaluation form?:

  • “As a Board member I need to become much more familiar with the role of the CEO.”
  • “We’ve never evaluated our CEO. Now, we know it’s a good governance practice.
  • “As a CEO this gives me good insight into the CEO role.”
  • “I’m an owner who wants to evaluate whether others in my Company have what it takes to do my job.”

Who’s downloading the CEO evaluation form?:

  • public companies
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • government agencies at all levels
  • private companies

The number of private companies downloading our CEO evaluation form has increased significantly. It’s clear that private companies are taking governance much more seriously.

We’re pleased to see the on-going and constantly increasing interest in CEO performance by organizations of all types. There is no person more fundamental to an organization’s day to day success than the CEO. And ensuring an organization has the right CEO is one of the most important responsibilities of Boards and owners.

  1. corporate governance 1How does the CEO performance evaluation form work?

    First, the CEO performance evaluation is typically performed by the Board or a sub-committee of the Board of Directors. In the case of private Companies, the CEO performance evaluation may be performed by the owners, the partners, trustees or an advisory Board that has been assembled by the owners to provide governance oversight.

Using the form is straightforward. Everyone responsible for evaluating the CEO’s performance follows the form and provides their ranking of the CEO’s performance in key areas that include:

  • The CEO’s leadership performance
  • The CEO’s management performance
  • Relationship of the CEO with the Board of Directors
  • The CEO’s financial stewardship of the organization
  • Key accomplishments of the CEO and assessment versus Board-set goals
  • Areas of CEO improvement
  • Performance Development Action Plan

Part of the CEO evaluation process is to understand how the CEO feels about his or her performance – and why. So, it’s important that the CEO also fill out the evaluation form.

How the CEO sees performance may vary significantly at times from the Board’s perspective. Understanding both perspectives is vital for both the CEO and the Board and helps ensure that expectations and understanding of issues are in sync. The evaluation form provides a great basis for two-way communication.

The CEO evaluation form also provides ample space to identify specific outcomes that the CEO has achieved, ensuring that there is full recognition of the CEO’s efforts. Also, there is plenty of space for laying out performance and output objectives for the upcoming measurement period. Identifying Board expectations is critical – as is ensuring that the CEO has the opportunity to provide input and perspective. That way, both the Board and the CEO go into upcoming performance periods on the same page regarding expectations.

Results of the CEO performance evaluation form are usually discussed between the CEO and the review committee or key members who are designated to work with the CEO. Typically, this process happens minimum once per year. In some cases, it may happen more often.

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Download the CEO Performance Evaluation here.