What does a Senior Leadership do?

Senior leaders hold executive or upper management positions and provide high-level leadership and direction for an organization’s essential day-to-day operations. Their direct reports are typically directors and other upper-tier administrators. The senior leadership members steer core initiatives and establish organization-wide policies and standards. They lead strategic planning and critical decision making. They select and oversee directors and managers. They manage budgets, approve major expenditures, and maintain important strategic partnerships. They may also serve as a public “face” representing the company and making official statements.

Senior leaders often have an advanced degree such as an MBA and should have a strong track record of successful leadership in high-ranking roles with significant responsibility. These positions require solid leadership skills and the ability to manage multiple complex projects simultaneously.

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Avg. Experience8+ years

Senior Leadership Salaries

Average Base Pay

$186,853 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$155K
Median: $187K
$219K
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Senior Leadership Career Path

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GoogleGoogle
Vice President
5 Oct 2021

“Incredibly smart and thoughtful people that you get to work with on a daily basis.”

J.P. MorganJ.P. Morgan
Vice President
29 Mar 2021

“It is such a great workplace that no one leaves so getting promoted is difficult.”

JSSProJSSPro
Senior Vice President
18 Aug 2021

“Culture is infectious where you feel valued and appreciated for your work and it starts at the top.”

Mizuho Financial GroupMizuho Financial Group
Vice President
2 Jun 2020

“This is an excellent company to work for with opportunities for learning and career growth.”

J.P. MorganJ.P. Morgan
Vice President
9 Dec 2019

“work life balance was OK and depending what org you worked in dictated your success.”

L&T Technology ServicesL&T Technology Services
Senior Discipline Lead
17 Sep 2020

“LTTS provides limitless opportunities to learn and tremendous leverage to define one role and grow in career.”

Quality Building ServicesQuality Building Services
Vice President
23 Jan 2020

“I’ve been with this company since 2007 and have experienced numerous opportunities to excel in my career.”

ApiseroApisero
Senior Vice President
16 Jul 2020

“I appreciate the balance of work and fun which is an important aspect of professional life.”

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