8. Know the Corporate Culture and Be Willing to Change It
Doing things a certain way simply because that's the way you've always done it won't cut it at this level. You've got to be prepared to ask the tough questions. Every decision you make can ripple throughout the organization.
"Spend the time to understand the environment you work in; create a dialogue with executives, managers and those in the field; and develop a sphere of influence where your leadership is valued and your personal brand is supported. Work to create an environment with them where you have shared values and beliefs that feed in to the culture you're trying to build," says Rucker.
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