Most people no longer take a road trip without a GPS. Why would a trip to the GC chair need any less guidance? This is the first in a three-part series on how to navigate to that coveted position. This article addresses the starting coordinates—the “emerging leader,” at about five years away. The next two installments will address progress from the road: at three years and one year away.
Of course, this series cannot address everything a GC candidate needs in order to move to the next milestone on the path, nor the differences between the extremes of becoming GC of a Fortune 500 company and a privately held company. It will, however, outline the general types of skills needed.