Alex A. Molinaroli has experienced what it’s like to work his way up the corporate ladder. During his 34-year career, the outgoing Johnson Controls chairman and CEO claims to have held a variety of executive positions while working on transnational initiatives such as extending the company’s operations in China and modernizing the brand’s portfolio. He claims to have mentored innumerable colleagues along the road to help them find their own path to leadership and success. According to Molinaroli, some methods should be in everyone’s professional playbook, regardless of their industry or whether they work in a cubicle or the C-suite. His best five career moves are shown here.

Pay attention to sales.

Before being the chairman and CEO of Johnson Controls, Alex A. Molinaroli was the vice chairman of sales and marketing. How did he manage to accomplish that leap? Surprisingly, his sales experience has helped him improve as a listener, team player, and leader. Other professions should get sales experience, which may help them understand how to position themselves for success and listen more effectively.

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Make Yourself the Boss.

Start your own company or assist in the management of someone else’s. This will assist you in learning how to make decisions when budgeting. “I believe that if you have the opportunity to operate your own business, even if it’s a lemonade stand,” Molinaroli advises. I believe it not only aids you in dealing with consumers, but it also forces you to operate within the confines of a budget. Do what you like and are good at. “If you concentrate on your abilities, the rest will take care of itself.”

Get a Global Viewpoint.

Alex A. Molinaroli says his job and travel have allowed him to collect a lot of passport stamps and meet people from all around the world.

No one can work alone.

It’s critical to understand how to work well with others, as this is a prerequisite to being a competent team leader. Himself, for example, recalls the leadership issues that arose when Johnson Controls and Tyco International merged—two huge multinational organizations with vastly different cultures.

Take calculated risks and learn from your errors.

Making errors and learning from them will benefit you in the long term since you’ll learn how to prevent making the same mistakes again.