Ambition, along with the ability to adjust to change and a commitment to learning, sets senior executives apart from other employees. This is the finding of research by psychological testing company JvR Africa Group in partnership with executive search company Jack Hammer. Jack Hammer CEO Debbie Goodman-Bhyat says: "Executives are clearly more ambitious than people at other job levels. They are also more confident, and exhibit a natural orientation towards constant learning." She believes these character traits can be developed, and has the following advice for those aiming for the corner office: • Stop making excuses and start learning. "Some people somehow always make the time to read business books, leadership journals and attend talks or conferences, no matter how busy they are. Others, regardless of what's on their plate, never do"; • Work on your social confidence. This is not easy for introverts, but you will need to put some effort into it. "Figure out strategies to remain c...

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