What makes an executive successful? Horatio Alger Award winners claimed their own success was due to ""faith, hard work, belief in people and service to others."" Auren Uris finds the real answer far more interesting. In a study of twenty-one people who would be considered an unquestionable success by most people, who reached the top by their own efforts, and who are not creative geniuses, he analyzes all aspects of their experience, draws from them at the close of his book the themes common to all. The keys: involvement and motivation--successful persons are builders and doers, dynamos of accomplishment. Key elements in the breakthrough pattern: one seizes the reins, anticipates opportunity, goes where the action is, knows how to snowball success, uses knowledge as a tool, etc. The successful woman in business has to show a clear-cut superiority, complement rather than supplant men, relinquish some of the feminine privileges (kaffee-klatsch, tears) while not becoming tough. Most of all he (and she) does everything he can. This may be a breakthrough for aspirants: it is professional and probing.