How to Become a CEO

If you have lofty ambitions of one day becoming the chief executive officer of a company or institution then you have a great deal of work ahead of you and now is the time to get started in terms of your preparations. CEOs make up some of the World’s richest men and women, they regularly feature on the Forbes list of highest earners and the job role requires tough decisions to be taken daily which will impact many people.


As chief of the board you will be working in a high pressure job and you will need to have outstanding leadership skills in order rot be successful. Not everyone can achieve the status of CEO but some people, those like automotive CEO Robert Bassam, have worked hard, honed their skills and taken the right steps to achieve the position of CEO and with some hard work and smart decisions, you can too. Let’s take a look at what you need to do in order to get there.

High Grades

At school level you will need to study hard to achieve high grades and you should also look at focussing heavily on numerical subjects and those which pertain to finance. Not every CEO in the World was a school wiz but if you want to put yourself in the best position once you start your working life then you will need to study hard and make the grade.


It will be important that you work hard on making plenty of connections throughout the business world as early as possible, these will serve you well in the future. The best way to do this is to look for opportunities to volunteer or take on internships, not only can you show off your skills but you can also make great contacts and learn an awful lot during this time.

Shoot For The Moon

From the moment that you start working in a particular business or enterprise, you need to display high levels of ambition. You should be thinking as though you own the company, even if you are working at a low level, you can display this within the team environment, show that you are a leader, be a great team player, boost morale, push forward strong ideas which you have and show your superiors that you are something special.

Be Dedicated

From the moment that you start working you need to be the most dedicated person in the company, put the hours in, deliver strong results and make people stand up and notice you. You will need to be persistent in your approach and constantly be seeking for ways to climb the ladder. Don’t wait around for a promotion, consistently ask for it and give your superiors no reason to turn you down.

To climb to the top of the company ladder you need to consistently deliver strong results, you need to create a network of people around you who will help you climb the ladder and you will need to show 110% commitment from the get-go. With these steps, raw talent and hard work, you can achieve the heady ambition of one day becoming a CEO.