As a functional manager, you've already successfully overcome the first difficult transition in your career - going from being an individual contributor to managing a team. But are you prepared for the second difficult transition of stepping into a business leadership position, where you move out of your area of expertise to manage multiple functions, or a number of countries, or a number of businesses?
Overnight the level of complexity you face will dramatically increase. As an emerging global leader, you'll need to navigate increasing complexity and engage a wider scope of stakeholders to make positive change happen in your organization.
You'll need to go from providing answers to extracting answers from others. You'll go from benchmarking others doing similar activities to extrapolating principles that you can apply from activities, companies, countries and even industries far from your comfort zone.
In addition to being the second-most difficult, this career transition is also the gateway to senior global leadership responsibilities. If you don't excel at making the step to business leader, you may not be offered the chance to move into executive positions.