AC: You have to have the passion and ambition to be a CEO. It’s a great opportunity to develop, grow and lead. There will also be challenges and having a good team, and network of people that you trust is key.
Think about the experience you gain beforehand in areas such as client engagement, strategy, product, operational understanding – and get as much as you can.
Most people who take this step do it within the same business. If you can take that route, do – you know the territory already. I needed to learn a new sector and I was really lucky that I had some very good people who were open to helping me to develop that understanding.
My other advice is to build a strong network of inspiring leaders. When you are CEO you are the leader, you are responsible for the strategy, for your people and for the financial performance, and at times it can be quite isolating. So, get a strong team around you – and a good peer group outside work too.