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

BC Business Magazine - - Leadership -


Be pa­tient. You've got to hang in there, and don't be in a race to move through a po­si­tion too fast, and you should learn ev­ery­thing you can from the po­si­tion you're in. Max it out—so what if it takes you an­other 10 or 12 or 24 months? You don't ever want to go back to that job.


Be re­al­is­tic. You're good at many, many things, but you're not good at ev­ery­thing, and you don't have to be. Ev­ery­body's got dif­fer­ent types of ex­pe­ri­ences, skill sets; learn when to pull those in. It's OK. You don't have to win ev­ery­thing.


Be strate­gic. I'm talk­ing about very early on de­vel­op­ing strate­gic and crit­i­cal think­ing mus­cles. Try to un­der­stand mi­cro and macro think­ing, and try to mi­grate your think­ing be­tween what you're go­ing through at your level, in your role, and what the macro en­vi­ron­ment might be.

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