How to Become a CEO - The Smiling Heart

How to Become a CEO


Becoming a CEO is not easy and certainly something that cannot be done in a small space of time.  However if you have the drive it is something that can become possible to anyone, no matter the background or opportunities.  It is going to involve a lot of hard work and dedication to progress through the ranks and when you get there even harder work to stay successful.  Below I have included a few tips that can help you take the first steps to achieving your goals.


Something that you will need if you want to be successful in your dream of being a successful CEO is a good education. Doing well in high school before ideally completing undergraduate and graduate degrees is something that will benefit you a lot.  Depending on what type of business you are looking to set your career in, you should try to focus within an area that relates to that business.  I have been speaking recently with Marc Leder about the importance of education and how important it is to your career.  Leder knows all about this after achieving a bachelors degree in economics, since then Leder has had an extremely successful career and is now Co-Chief Executive Officer of Sun Capital Partners.  Leder started co-founded Sun Capital back in 1995 as a managing director and had now overseen business operations and investment banking for over 25 years.

Making Connections

The old saying of ‘It’s not what you now, it’s who you know’ comes to mind with this tip.  Whilst this isn’t entirely true, having strong connections will only benefit you when it comes to gaining a CEO role.  Use your own time smartly, go to as many business seminars as you can and surround yourself with other fellow budding business associates.  Volunteering with internships can help you get the foot in the door at many well know business with whatever sector you want to excel in.


As I mentioned before, getting to CEO is going to take a lot of hard work.  One of if not the most important factors is taking opportunities when they arise. Whether you are starting out straight from college or an internship, once you are part of any company you need to seek after progression.  Opportunities don’t just start when you start working; why not take the chance whilst you are still in school?  If there is extra-curricular seminars on subjects that you are struggling with, jump on it and build your skills even further.


Finally you need to be able to believe in yourself, if you don’t trust me others aren’t going to believe in you either.  Imagine being an employee taking information from someone who lacks in confidence themself, it will portray in a negative way and will stop you from excelling the way you want to.  Don’t be afraid to believe in what you do, it is not arrogance, it is self-belief.  You are in control of your future and if you believe you can be a CEO half the battle is already won.  Motivation and hard work can take you absolutely anywhere.