Whether your dream career lies in fashion, molecular biology, or tort law, the one thing that might bind you with your fellow sister is your desire to be the absolute best person doing that job. Second-in-command isn't really an option — reaching the top of the heap for you is definitely a goal. But, this isn't just about a lucky break or relentless, dogged work (though those two things definitely don't hurt). There's a strategy, a subtlety, and a state of mind you've got to own before you can own that corner office.
To be clear, the makings of a phenomenal leader certainly aren't specific to gender, but it'd be naive to think there aren't particular challenges that face women. We're kicking off a series of articles that feature inspiring, fair, and fierce female bosses in a variety of jobs, starting with a handful in our very own industry (stay tuned for advice from women in all fields). If the top is where you're aiming, here are the goals to work toward, advice to keep in mind, and faux pas not to make.