Middleton says that, ironically, the skills you develop in your successful career, especially early on when you are just getting started, actually turn out to be irrelevant or even dysfunctional as you move up in the hierarchy. As you advance in your higher ed career, you focus more on leading and less on “doing.” When applying for that first, entry-level leadership position, remember that there will be many skills for you to learn -- including ones that you didn't know would be part of your position.