What three things would you tell a young per­son who aspires to be­come a CEO?

BC Business Magazine - - Leadership -

1

Be pa­tient, be­cause it doesn't al­ways hap­pen overnight or as fast as you want it. And you have to some­times have a lit­tle luck, to be in the right place at the right time.

2

Choose the right com­pany. Don't go for the ti­tle. It might mean you're tak­ing a job ti­tle that doesn't sound that great, like sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive. You might be vice-pres­i­dent of sales at XYZ com­pany, and you're just a glo­ri­fied sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive. Or you could be a sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive for a com­pany like Proc­ter & Gam­ble, and you can get a lot of au­ton­omy and re­spon­si­bil­ity with a com­pany that re­ally is com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing their peo­ple.

3

Be the leader of your ca­reer. Seek out men­tors. It doesn't have to be a daunt­ing task: “OK, will you be my men­tor?” It can be, “Can I buy you a cof­fee, go for a beer, have lunch, and let's have a great con­ver­sa­tion.”

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