Why hard work won’t get you to the C-suite

Fortune

MPW Insider is one of several online communities where the biggest names in business answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: How can women rise to the C-suite? is written by Stephanie Ruhle, Editor-at-Large, Bloomberg News and Anchor/Managing Editor, BloombergTV.

I wish there was a road map to the C-suite, but clearly there isn’t. If there was, the numbers of women running Fortune 500 companies wouldn’t be so abysmal and we wouldn’t need all these diversity studies or initiatives to improve the statistics. There are no fairy godmothers in business and even if it seems like some people are handpicked from the ‘Executive Gods’ to rise to positions of power and influence, there’s no reason to dwell on anyone else’s story but your own.

The truth is, senior management isn’t for those who simply believe hard work and talent will prevail. Those who are excellent at their jobs…

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