As a CEO, people often ask me about my pathway to success. What did I do to advance my career, and how did I move into the executive ranks? Serendipity certainly played a role and always does. And while there is no one-size-fits-all career path to senior leadership, there are specific steps or phases that tend to lead to growth: knowing where to focus your energy at each stage of your career will help you continue to advance without leaving gaps in your skillset or missed opportunities in your wake.
Phase 1: Raise your hand
As your career begins, it is important to raise your hand and say yes to as much as you can — you never know where a project will take you or who you will meet by agreeing to serve on the committee that no one else chose. Volunteer before you are asked and take the