The days of autocratic CEOs are fading, in favor of new, dynamic "servant" leaders who can navigate multistakeholder environments, said George Davis, leader of the global CEO practice at executive search and talent management consultancy Egon Zehnder.
Nowadays, "hubris" is the "kiss of death" for chief executive candidates, Davis told CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Wednesday. A leader with excessive pride and self-confidence is a "dinosaur" of the 1970s old boys club, "the golf course days," as Davis calls them. "I've probably logged nine holes in three years," he added.
Davis said vetting a CEO hopeful today involves a thorough review, including extensive interviews with the candidate and their former co-workers. "We look at potential. There are indicators and markers of potential: communication, innovation [and] financial savvy," he explained, saying he asks a candidate to describe their "best accomplishment" and how they achieved it. Davis said answers starting with "I did this" and "I did that" are a "real red flag."