By: Tuck School of Business Communications Posted: Dec 18th, 2013

Each year, Sydney Finkelstein, Associate Dean for Executive Education, releases his list of the worst CEOs of the year.  We are pleased to share his “Worst CEOs of 2013” list in addition to his new annual list “Best CEOs”.

Sydney has written several books on executive leadership including Why Smart Executives Fail—a #1 bestseller in the U.S. and Japan—and Think Again: Why Good Leaders Make Bad Decisions and How to Keep It From Happening to You (2009).

Sydney Finkelstein's Picks for 2013

Best CEOs of 2013 Worst CEOs of 2013
1. Jeff Bezos, Amazon 1. Eike Batista, EBX/OGX/OSX
2. Akio Toyoda, Toyota 2. Ron Johnson, J.C. Penney
3. Pony Ma, Tencent (China) 3. Thorsten Heins, Blackberry
4. John Idol, Michael Kors 4. Eddie Lampert, Sears Holdings
5. Reed Hastings, Netflix 5. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft

As a follow up to these lists, Sydney has released more commentary on the CEOs in his BBC Capital Column: Syd Weighs In.  (Make sure to check on both the Worst and Best entries!)

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