i actually thought everyone becomes an executive. like everyone that stays long enough in a bank becomes VP. probably not a logical argument there though. Bank VP =! Executive. There are lots of bank VP's that don't manage anyone. Banks give out VP titles so that their line officers can actually sign contracts that commit the corporation. They do so many transactions every day that if the real executives had to sign every contract, they'd never do anything else. Answer is that you need to be good at getting work done through others; organizing, delegating, following up, strategizing, selling and motivating. Lots of people think that because they are good at their jobs, they'll be good at their boss's job. Being good at one's job is not the same as being a good manager. You also have to have a lot of luck. You also have to convince someone to give you the opportunity to be a manager.