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Almost fifth of CEOs' careers down to 'lucky break'

hr grapevine | 5 august 2015

This article first appeared in HR Grapevine

The route to the top for nearly a fifth of CEOs is luck according to a new study.

The research from PA Consulting shows that 69% of CEOs attribute their career development to the actions they took and the decisions they made.

However, 31% credit external forces. 17% of respondents described being given a ‘lucky break’, while a further seven per cent described someone taking a risk on them. 

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The study also explores the experiences that CEOs felt were most critical to their development. Stretching challenges were the most popular (48%), followed by overseas experience (41%), breadth of experience (36%) and on-the-job learning (21%). 

Over two fifths (41%) of CEOs mentioned role models as key influencers in their career development of which 34% mentioned one person and seven per cent mentioned two people.

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