Is the road to the C-suite a winding one?

Do you have what it takes to make it to the C-suite or reach the upper levels of management? The best route may be a winding one. New research shows the path to the C-suite and upper levels of management can often have unanticipated twists and turns.

Sandra Smith, Program Director of Brown’s Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership, isn’t surprised strong leadership emerges from a non-linear career.

I oversee a graduate program for technology professionals aiming to take on broader leadership responsibilities. In interviews with more than 30 senior leaders at major global companies about skills and capabilities tech personnel need to move up the corporate ladder, we heard a familiar refrain — to succeed as leaders, technical personnel need to hone new skills including big-picture and strategic thinking, coaching, conflict management, and effective communications.

Read the entirety of Sandra’s CIO article.

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