Is the C-Suite Your Sweet Spot?

Prove your worth in the C-seat by mastering leadership and eliciting excellence from others.


What does it take to make it to the top of the corporate ladder? Few of us who’ve achieved senior corporate positions lack self-confidence, and we’ve convinced at least one employer of our ability to lead and function with significant independence. How does success in one or two functions translate into a top management position – and how can you improve your chances if that’s where you’ve set your sights?

For this package, reporter Kevin Fogarty asked a variety of career experts about the secret ingredient to help a senior manager convince an employer that she’s ready to raise her game to the next level.

The key, experts agreed, lies in building on the leadership skills you’ve demonstrated within a prescribed function and proving that you can extend them to lead large groups of people whose specialties you can’t replicate personally.

Common wisdom warns against becoming a “jack of all trades, master of none.” But leadership itself is a trade to be mastered – and the ability to apply it to elicit excellence from other specialists is a common trait of successful C-level executives.