Getting to the top of a company’s hierarchy takes a lot of planning and skill (and sure, a bit of luck). Each stop along the way offers unique opportunities to learn more about a business and meet key people who can help. Every CEO is talented in his or her own way, but there are skills they all have in common. They’re smart. They’re creative. They’re tough. They’re passionate. And they’re great motivators. Some people are born with those core qualities, but they still must hone them while also mastering the technical component of their job.
This infographic maps out the essential skills and key steps to focus on as you progress through your career.*