The path to the top

Only a few years ago, it was rare to find a project manager who had successfully ascended the corporate ladder into an executive position. Such positions--especially the chief executive officer--were traditionally awarded to financial and business managers. But this tradition is now changing in response to the increasingly projectized global marketplace. Now, project managers are frequently promoted into senior-management positions. This article answers three questions focusing on this ascendancy. In doing so, it identifies the project management skills that can most readily transfer to executive positions, lists those executive attributes that project managers often lack, and outlines tactics that can help project managers develop themselves into executive-caliber professionals.
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