Question: What’s your best advice for someone who wants to make it to the C-suite? Which leadership development step would you make top priority? Here are a few possible responses:
- Learn to think strategically.
- Build your brand as a leader.
- Engage an executive coach or mentor.
- Learn to ‘manage up.’
- Become a strong people leader.
- Be an innovator.
But it’s a trick question, right? Because just as there is no one pathway to the C-suite, no single leadership development step outweighs all others in importance. In fact, you really need to do all of the above. (Of course, at The Workplace Coach, we favor Answer #3 – engage an executive coach or mentor!)
Our point is this: If your career goals include becoming a senior executive, you need to continuously develop your leadership mindset and leadership capabilities.
In fact, even if you’re already a senior executive, you may need to update your leadership chops, given recent changes in workforce expectations and an increasingly volatile business environment.
New learning opportunities
At The Workplace Coach, we see a growing need for leadership programs that develop and support capable leaders. That’s why later this year, we will be launching the first in a series of webinars designed to accelerate success for upwardly mobile executives.
A key focus will be the strategic steps that rising executives can take to position themselves for the corner office. They include steps like:
– Finetuning your value proposition.
– Building and leveraging your personal brand.
– Assessing strategic opportunities.
– Expanding your sphere of influence.
– Managing up to remove barriers.
– Understanding executive recruitment trends.
Coaching for senior executives
The pressure on leaders to perform has never been tougher and the challenges never so steep. Whether you’re a seasoned senior leader, a mid-level manager who aspires to the corner office, or an entrepreneur, you need to work harder than ever to stay ahead of the curve.
If you or someone on your team would gain from partnering with an executive leadership coach, we encourage you to contact The Workplace Coach today.
Coaching provides personal support and accountability, along with customized learning and your own action plan. A skilled coach also will challenge your thinking. That’s critical in a business climate that demands agile leaders who can think creatively.
Another benefit of coaching that high-level execs find invaluable is having a trusted confidant in your corner who serves as a safe sounding board. That’s hard to find as you rise up the ladder.
Online leadership training
Not ready to hire a coach? Consider Certified Leader Coach® (CLC), a proprietary program of The Workplace Coach. Newly revised and updated, Certified Leader Coach is an online leadership training program that teaches managers the leader-as-coach skills they need to foster a positive workplace culture.
Are you ready to move up to the C-Suite? Contact The Workplace Coach today.