Larry Bossidy

Business leader, charismatic coach, and transformation expert.


Ranked #36 in 2007.

Previous positions:

#48 (2005). 


As a star pitcher, took his college team to the 1955 College World Series.


Named CEO of the Year 1994 by Financial World and in 1998 by CEO Magazine.


A supporter of the “burning platform” theory of change, Bossidy argues that the leader’s job is to help everyone see that the platform is burning, whether the flames are visible or not. Encouraging people to speak up, he says and getting support from the lower levels of the company, is crucial to winning trust. Coaching people to win – helping people to see how they can achieve goals – builds consensus. Today, he says, managers add value by brokering with people, not by presiding over empires. During his time at AlliedSignal, Bossidy introduced a host of sweeping initiatives, including the introduction of total quality management program, Six Sigma, to affect a successful company turnaround.


Former chairman and CEO of Honeywell International, Bossidy spent 34 years at General Electric before joining AlliedSignal in 1991 as chairman and CEO. In 1999, he became chairman of Honeywell following its historic merger with AlliedSignal. He retired from the company in 2000. In 2001, he returned as chairman and CEO of Honeywell at the request of the company’s board of directors and retired again in 2002. Bossidy is co-author of the best-selling book Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done, and Confronting Reality: Doing What Matters to Get Things Right.


Execution: The Discipline of Getting Things Done (with Ram Charan, Currency, 2002); Confronting Reality: Doing What Matters to Get Things Right (with Ram Charan, Crown Business, 2004). 


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“Forward-thinking business leader who changed the way organizations should be run.”

Stuart Crainer & Des Dearlove, Thinkers50

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