We know that different times and different circumstances call for different leadership skills.

When it comes to managing your own career, how do you prepare yourself to move up? What abilities should you focus on developing as you choose companies, functions, and jobs? And what skills should you, as a professional, hone as you strive to reach the C-Suite level?

Truth is, there is no single, guaranteed, clearly defined path to getting a C-Suite role in a large organization, and an impressive track record alone is not enough.

But if your ambition is reaching the C-Suite, there are a handful of key areas you should focus on to prepare for the role.

Here are things you need to know as you prepare for a C-suite role: