The motivation for a senior management role varies considerably from person to person. For some, it will be the exercise of power. Others will be motivated by the need for self-fulﬁlment. Yet others will find themselves in this position as a result of a sudden opportunity or serendipity. The complex subject of individual motivation will be explored later in this chapter, but attention is drawn to this issue at the outset because thought and careful planning are needed if you are to move to a senior management role. It will not just happen without consideration and an appreciation of what the role involves.