Executives in the McKinsey study on what factors contribute to the successful transition into the C-suite, ranked business-related activities as the most impactful.  The majority of executives said it was “very or extremely important to create a shared vision and alignment around their strategic direction across the organization.” Executives reporting the most successful transitions stand out in how they achieved buy-in and communicated a vision to their teams and their organizations. These respondents were nearly twice as likely to say their organizations understood their initial priorities well; they were also much more effective at communicating which initiatives would not continue, given those priorities. The most successful executives received more support and resources from their organizations and were better able to spend their time and energy understanding the issues that they were in a unique position to influence.