The first 10 things every manager should learn

You may already do excellent work, but becoming an excellent manager means developing a different set of skills, according to a recent article by the Forbes Coaches Council.

According to the Forbes Coaches Council, these are the most important skills to build as a manager:

1: Stay in touch with your own manager

Don't forget that your own manager can be a useful source of advice, says Edith Onderick-Harvey, managing partner of NextBridge Consulting. She recommends asking your manager what he or she believes it takes to manage successfully and how your own skills and abilities line up.

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2: Be a leader by being an example

Worry less about directly managing people and more about setting a clear vision and expectations for your team, says Hayward Suggs, founder of Commonquest Consulting. People who believe in your vision will follow, he says.

3: Reward high performance

Gaurav Bhalla, author of Awakening A Leader's Soul: Learnings Through Immortal Poems, recommends thinking about how you can showcase the performance and talents of each person you are leading.

4: Be confident

Aside from the knowledge required to produce deliverables, the only prerequisite to being a leader is that you enjoy helping your colleagues grow professionally and you enjoy accomplishing collective goals, according to Shawn Kent Hayashi, founder and CEO of The Professional Development Group. Don't decline a leadership role just because it seems hard, he adds.

5: Don't fear failure

David Butlein, CEO and management consultant at BLUECASE Strategic Partners, argues success in leadership is really about learning from your mistakes, not avoiding them.

6: Have a growth mindset

Monica Thakrar, CEO of MTI, writes that if you have in your mind that leadership is only meant for a certain kind of person, then you'll never grow into a good leader.

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7: Develop a thick skin

Mistakes are inevitable, says Valerie Martinelli, founder of Valerie Martinelli Consulting. But you can't dwell on those mistakes, because your team is counting on you to regain confidence and focus on results, she argues.

8: Invent your own style

Just because your leadership style doesn't copy those of another leader doesn't mean your style isn't effective, according to Laura Smith-Proulx, an executive resume coach and founder of An Expert Resume.

9: Hire a well-rounded team

Meredith Moore Crosby, president of Leverette Weekes, thinks that you should evaluate your weaknesses as a leader and work to build a team that will be strong in those areas. She suggest soliciting feedback from your team to identify and improve those weaknesses.

10: Use your support system

Just because you're a leader doesn't mean you have to do everything on your own, don't be afraid to rely on resources available to you, including coaching, classes, and mentorship, suggests Maurice Evans, an author and motivational speaker (Forbes Coaches Council, Forbes, 9/21).

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