Getting To The Top Of The Business World
Often a strong company is defined by a strong leader. Those individuals who shape the way not only their organisation works but also their entire industries.
Mashable has come up with an infographic that explains how the following 12 business leaders made it to the “C-suite”.
- Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg & Sheryl Sandberg
- Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer
- Spanx’s Sara Blakely
- IBM’s Virgin Rometty
- Oracle’s Larry Ellison
- Pinterest’s Ben Silberman
- Instagram’s Kevin Systrom
- Pepsi’s Indra Nooyi
- Tumblr’s David Karp
- Virgin’s Richard Branson
- Union Square Ventures’ Fred Wilson
What struck me was the difference in back stories of these 5 women and 7 men. Ellison & Branson didn’t like school but others like Nooyi and Sandberg clearly exceled in higher learning. It shows that anyone can forge their one path to the top if they have total belief in what they are doing and the skills to back it up (and of course a little luck).
Though clearly they all share one character trait and that is vision and fortitude.
Now they are all rich people but I think in this case they are genuinely more defined by their skills and talents rather than just their (fabulous) wealth!
It is also telling that a lot of these figures aren’t just known to professionals in their respective industries but instead are mainstream figures who have entered popular culture to varying degrees. Business leaders and tech innovators are now becoming celebrities in their own right and this something that should be celebrated if only to remind people that there are more paths to success and fame than the obvious.
Perhaps some stories here can inspire the next generation of visionaries!
So what do you think? Let me know below!
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