Peter Stark (not related to Tony 'ironman' Stark) of 'The Manager's Advisor' suggests the following if you want to make it to top management:
DEVELOP POSITIVE VISION
See success before it arrives. Successful managers, when walking across a 'high wire' visualize themselves walking to the other side. Struggling managers focuses all their strengths on not falling off the rope.
Successful managers look for ideas that will be contagious and excite people.
ENCOURAGE OTHERS TO DO THEIR BEST
Successful managers believe that people do want to make a significant contribution. Coach, counsel and develop people to live up to their full potentials.
SET AND MAINTAIN HIGH EXPECTATIONS
Mediocrity does not generate a highly motivated work force. Always maintain a high and consistent standard for all who work with you.
OVERUSE POLITE PHRASES
Unsuccessful managers don't seem to find the time to say 'please' and 'thank you.' Like Barney the dinosaur always say - these are the magic words. And it works.