There are only a limited number of corner offices; how can you demonstrate you’re the person to occupy one?
By Kevin Fogarty
In corporate America, what does it take to move from the senior ranks to the top of the org chart?
There are many bright, ambitious people in the workforce, but simple mathematics dictates that only a few will ever reach the C-suite. What's the key skill you need to master if your career goals are focused at that level?
The secret, experts told TheLadders, is to extend the skills you've honed as a functional specialist into a position of general leadership across disciplines.
Even for the best senior specialist, landing a job as a general manager with full profit-and-loss responsibility for a discrete business, or even a top functional job in the C-suite, is a hard sell; it requires that you demonstrate skills that may have been only peripheral to your success up to that point, according to Michael Watkins, a former Harvard Business School professor and expert on corporate leadership who runs Genesis Advisers LLC, a consultancy that advises companies and executives on how to develop and switch to new top executives.