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How a Technical Background Translates to Exceptional Business Leadership

If you're making the leap from a technical role to a leadership one, here are three essential skills to carry over.

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Some of the most successful business leaders today have one overarching trait in common: They possess a deep, technical background that helps them make informed business decisions.

For example, , CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, studied physics in college, then interned for Silicon Valley tech startups upon graduation, which ultimately led him to bet big on the Internet boom a few years later and launch his own startup. Another inspiration is Antonio Neri, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, who has deep roots in engineering, leading him to become a key player in the company's evolution and a visionary in the "Everything as a Service" model.

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