Nobody is ever fully ready to become CEO. 

But all too often the focus on “readiness” on Day One distracts from the real objective: maximizing value for the company and all its stakeholders. No doubt CEO transitions are high-stakes moments for any company. Yet, the singular attention to selection obscures the larger point: getting the job is not the finish line of a long race, but simply the beginning of an entirely new one. Like elite athletes who celebrate qualifying for a split second before turning their focus to the race for gold, CEOs who ultimately outperform share a similar go-for-gold mindset. They anticipate the race that matters and seek every opportunity to unlock their potential. 

Find out what research reveals about the four most common CEO steppingstones here.

Read the whole article here: The Last Mile to the Top: Future CEOs Who Beat the Odds
Source: SpencerStuart