Whether you're looking to become a CIO-plus, a CAO, a COO, a CDO, a CMO or a CEO, make sure your company's culture isn't an obstacle. If your company doesn't promote from within or cross-functionally develop its leaders, you may face an uphill battle.
Cozzone and Haindl both faced challenges and crafted solutions that led to opportunities to move into other C-suite roles. For her part, Frost went after what she wanted by changing companies. "I think it's innate in some leaders to reach for a different job, to have the inner fortitude and attitude knowing you can do it," she says.
If you want to expand your horizons, make sure you're visible inside and outside your organization. And take deliberate steps toward moving beyond IT. And beware of the competition: Your company's marketing, finance and operations leaders may be trying to incorporate IT functions into their job descriptions.
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