What does it take to reach the top? Carly Fiorina knows. She is the former chief executive officer (CEO) of Hewlett-Packard Company. Fiorina majored in medieval history and philosophy in college. She tried law school but hated it. Instead, she went into business and quickly became a rising star.
As Hewlett-Packard's CEO, she helped the company merge with another computer company, Compaq. Many people see this as the most successful high-tech merger in history -- and they see Fiorina as one of the brightest lights in the business world.
Top executives run businesses and other organizations. Combining knowledge of the field with business skills, they attempt to lead their organizations to success.
“I like seeing people do things they didn't think they could. Seeing people be successful, which leads to the company's success, is probably the most fun.”Bob, Company President
Able to quickly absorb and analyze large amounts of information. Excellent leadership and communication skills will help you motivate others to follow your vision for the company. You'll also rely on your ability to know when to be flexible and when to be decisive.
Many top executives travel extensively.