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How to plan your career to land a leadership role

If your ultimate career goal is a leadership role like a CEO spot and/or a position on the company board, you had better get busy. No-one gets to the top of their game by chance. It requires hard work, a lot of passion, good strategic planning, a valuable network of contacts and a willingness to learn from others.

Discover your passion

One person with passion is better than 40 people merely interested.

– E. M. Forster

The most successful and influential leaders are guided by a passion for what they do. It’s what helped fuel the likes of Richard Branson and Steve Jobs to make it to the top. Find your passion and build purpose, motivation and energy to avoid veering off your career path.

Rod Conn, director and principal consultant with Complete Career Management, says passion comes from a combination of personal values and natural talent. “You’ll be spectacularly good at something when you develop a skill on top of an inner capability,” he says. “But passion is the link between a natural ability and a core value. Think about what you really value and what you’re really good at. Following your passion will help build a successful career.”

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