That first taste of being the boss can be a heady one. Apparently most execs yearn for the corner office, according to a Korn Ferry study, but less than two in five execs has what it takes to be a successful CEO.

Korn Ferry analyzed leadership assessment data on more than 2.5 million executives to determine how many aspired to be CEO, and how many of those possessed the near-essential "learning agile" quality that leads to C-Suite success.

What Korn Ferry found was that 87 percent of managers want to be CEO, and 96 percent have at least some interest in the job. The result offers a sharp contrast to another recent study that found that few employees in the general workforce population aspire to that vaunted position.

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Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.