Working in a “Big 4” advisory firm, I once counted about 20 different grades. There were “associates”, “managers”, “executives”, “partners” “directors”.
But there are only basically three real “levels”: worker, manager and owner.
So how do you get to the top? A better question might be: “what is the top?” So, for example, is Nadal a worker or an owner? How about the guy who runs The All England Tennis Club?
Well to me, Nadal is a worker, and a very good one, but he had far more influence than the most important position in English Tennis.
Leadership begins with influence.
Next question is: which level do I want to be at? Many of us assume that getting to the top, whatever that might be, is the be-all-and end-all of our careers. But how about becoming all we personally were meant to be? It could be much better!
Sometimes we are so busy obsessing over getting to the next level, that we miss the very obvious things just around us that are a clue to what success really means for us.