Today’s CTOs engage a broad set of stakeholders and provide a vision and strategy to execute within their organization. They must have versatile skillsets to be effective in guiding the company’s innovation efforts internally, with customers, and with external partners. The paths to these senior R&D innovation leadership roles vary based on the individual’s journey to leadership, but they reflect the range of skills required. A variety of different assignments and a willingness to take on roles outside one’s formal training often help shape the perspectives and outlook that technical leaders need to develop.
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Volume 62, Issue 1, January-February 2019