First-time CEOs share how they landed the top executive role

Strategies and tips from people who have made the jump from staffer to chief executive, from building relationships to nailing it with the search committee. “I just am naturally an enthusiastic person,” said Marlene Colucci, executive director of The Business Council. “I have a balance, I think, of soft skills that came to bear and would be important for anyone, when you’re interviewing, to be able to show that side."