The hunger for leadership-intellectual capital-in financial services is giving way to new thinking on where to look for talent and how to keep it to boost an institution's earnings performance and revenue.

True, the chairman's job is moving the beast. That will never change. Every large organization is a mass of competing elements that needs to be pushed forward, and the personal and professional qualities needed to do that grow from that premise. That goes double for the chairman's senior managers, those individuals charged with dovetailing the requirements of technology, scale and skill into a profitable strategy. In a phrase, the ability to execute with speed.

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