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Diversify those skills

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Wander far and wide, to several different aspects of your business, if your destination is the corner office. A LinkedIn study suggests that those most likely to become executives have at least one additional set of relevant skills. For example, someone who worked for years in finance has less chance of becoming a top executive than a finance specialist who also worked in marketing or engineering. “And working in four different functions had nearly the same impact as getting an MBA from a top-five program,” the researchers said.

This suggests that success isn’t only about brainpower or a direct path upward. Instead, it’s about learning skills and pursuing assignments outside your comfort zone. Example: The number of “hybrid jobs” requiring business and tech jumped more than 50% from 2011 to 2015.

— Adapted from “Want to be a CEO?,” Neil Irwin, The New York Times.

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