Which question are you asking yourself?
I've been watching a new CEO client begin his tenure at a global company. He is very comfortable listening, talking, giving direction, and saying "I don't know. That sounds good to me. Go ahead and do it." (Whatever the "it" is).
What I'm really seeing is a man who has, over a lifetime, decided to "become" the kind of person he wanted to be. I know for a fact that he didn't set out to be a CEO. In fact, he was invited into the role. The reason he received the invitation, I believe, rests in great part on who he is to the people around him.
Yet "who he is" was shaped by not ambitiously jumping into a position that was too far ahead of "who he was" at the moment. His career path shows a progression that was slow and steady, building solid relationships and new knowledge along the way. And each step on the ladder reflected genuine accomplishment.
Now he has become a CEO; he doesn't have to play the role of CEO.
And that's the distinction between where the two questions above will lead you.
Who do you want to become?
Or do you want to play a role?
Think about the how the difference will affect your life.