HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CEO?

HAVE YOU GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CEO? - Ever flirted with the idea you're CEO material? Matthew Gwyther suggests some key requirements for the post, and what to expect when you get to the lonely eyrie at the top. Work through our challenging quiz questi

by MATTHEW GWYTHER

Ever flirted with the idea you're CEO material? Matthew Gwyther suggests some key requirements for the post, and what to expect when you get to the lonely eyrie at the top. Work through our challenging quiz questions and check to find out what sort of dash you'll cut as boss.

Do you want to make it all the way to the top in your career? Are you one of those high-performing foot-soldiers with your eye on a steady progression through the company ranks until you become field marshall? If so, why do you want to do that? What is it about the role of chief executive that attracts you? Is it the power, the recognition, the responsibility, the 'big office', or is it really the dosh on offer?

As our global salary survey last August revealed, we pay our bosses well in the UK. They are better rewarded than in any other country except the US. The downside is relentless pressure and a 30% chance that you'll be fired before your contract has expired - the average tenure of a FTSE-100 CEO is four years. So don't think that once you are up there you are made for life.

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