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How Leaders Develop, Succeed and Survive

Many strive to be great leaders and some even strive to be at the top level of leadership as a CEO or senior executive. The question is, how do leaders make it to the top level of leadership? This has always been a question which intrigued me, especially after in being a leadership development consultant and throughout my studies in leadership and organizational development. Let’s examine this question from three different perspectives. How do leaders develop to get to the top and stay there? What are the top traits that differentiate top leaders from others? How do leaders survive their journey? How do leaders develop to get to the top and stay there? Morgan W. McCall Jr., professor at University of Southern California (USC) and formerly Center for Creative Leadership, suggests that to some extent is learned and from experience (Gill, 2011, p. 348). Seeds of leadership are often planted early in life and are based on a combination of experiences such as: Early work experiences Short-term assignments Major assignments Experience with very good and …