New CEOs are more vulnerable to being fired when their predecessors stay on as board chair without a clear plan for departure—or the stock market reacts negatively to the appointment, according to an Academy of Management Journal article.

But new CEOs can improve their odds of survival through social skills, especially by publicly praising their predecessors and promoting their own abilities, according to the article, “You Are Great and I Am Great (Too): Examining New CEOs’ Social Influence Behaviors during Leadership Transition.”

Higher CEO turnover and briefer CEO tenures in recent decades have directed management researchers’ attention to CEOs’ early survival prospects, said Yan Anthea Zhang of Rice University. But it was difficult to tell what new CEOs can do to improve their chances of survival until transcripts of CEO calls with securities analysts became available.

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