I've been reading bios of a few prominent executives and have found the trajectory each takes to get to their current seat to be really fascinating. This is not to say that many or even any of these paths are straight line or replicable, but what each has in common is that at some point the individual had to take a step back and begin to examine the broader picture in order to begin being groomed by upper management for these positions.
For any of the more tenured professionals here - regardless of your industry - what are some steps you have either taken or observed in order to begin assuming more responsibility. What skills (I.e., politicking, people management, becoming a specialist) are the most common amongst those who have broken out of the inner cogs of a large corporation?
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