This is an edited extract from The CEO Next Door: The Four Behaviours That Transform Ordinary People Into World-Class Leaders, by Elena Botelho and Kim Powell.
People assume CEOs had their eyes on the top job from day one. Actually that’s not the case - our research shows 70% of CEOs don’t start out their careers with that goal in mind. Nevertheless, we saw patterns emerge in the routes to the top. To fast-track your future, consider your career in stages: