Based on your answers, it looks like you’d make an excellent manager. This will be an important step in your career, which means you’ll need to really prepare for what’s to come. The checklist below highlights some of the skills you’ll need to work on to successfully move up into management. Each section of the checklist includes content that will help you dive deeper into each skill. Becoming a great manager takes a lot of time and effort, so just remember to focus on the process of building your skills and the results will follow.



Combat Impostor Syndrome

Researchers believe that up to 70% of people have suffered from impostor syndrome at one point or another. Victims of this syndrome often feel like frauds -- despite being smart, skilled, and capable professionals. If you live in fear of being "found out,” you probably suffer from impostor syndrome. These 11 tips will help you curb these feelings in a healthy, proactive way.

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Know That You’re Not Alone

Becoming a first-time manager isn’t easy -- it can even feel lonely at times -- but it’s extremely rewarding when done right. You want to to impress your boss while also showing your direct reports that they can trust you and hold you accountable for their careers. If you’re ever feeling overwhelmed, know that you can lean on like-minded professionals for support. This article shares insights from seven new managers who have been in their first management role for a year or less.

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When I became a manager, I thought that I needed to have all the answers and be able to solve all issues — a sort of hero, if you will. That’s when impostor syndrome can set in. It took a while to understand that there are a lot of grey areas and it’s okay not to have all those answers by myself. Fortunately, there are a lot of great resources at my disposal such as my peers, my manager, and management training, that I rely on more heavily now than I did at the beginning of my time as a manager.



Practice and Make Mistakes … For Fun

“I knew that as I continued on this career trajectory of mine, speaking in front of people would become par for the course. One slight hiccup: Public speaking didn’t come naturally to me -- and it showed.” Discover why HubSpot CMO, Kipp Bodnar, turned to improv classes to hone his public speaking skills and become more confident.

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Nail Your Next Speaking Gig

Whether you've gotten up in front of a crowd 100 times or are about to encounter your first public speaking opportunity, the entire process can feel pretty overwhelming. In fact, a whopping 75% of the population has some level of anxiety regarding public speaking. These 10 science-backed tips will help you overcome fear and be more confident with your public speaking.

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6 Defining Qualities That Make a Great Leader

Great leaders don't seek attention; they find pride in helping others succeed. They aren't all-knowing; they use their resources to turn ideas into executable plans. And they don't take all the credit; the best leaders are humble, self aware, and shoulder a little more share of the blame and a little less share of the credit.

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How Leadership Changes When You Become a Manager

You may find your definition of leadership has to change when you're entering a management role for the first time. Here are a few helpful recommendations for entering a management role for the first time. From finding your leadership style to learning how to navigate a working relationship, these tips are meant to help you get off on the right foot.

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Give Your Team the Resources and Information They Need to Be Successful

We recently compiled the questions marketers miss the most from our Inbound Marketing Certification test and categorized the sections that prove to be most difficult. One discovery was that 24% of marketing teams find training to be a top challenge for their team. Read the full report to discover what over 13,000 inbound marketers around the world are having the most trouble with.

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When I think back at my own career -- the most valuable lessons were learned in action. By working through real problems or opportunities you get out of generalizations and into something more lasting. That said, formal training gives you the framework to better navigate those situations. So the ideal learning environment is one that is rich in training, but also intentionally creates experiences designed to stretch employees.



Deliver Feedback With "Radical Candor"

Radical Candor is a combination of caring personally and challenging directly. This is a concept that extends beyond the boss-employee relationship -- it has an opportunity to influence how we all communicate and offer feedback to each other.

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Learn more about Kim Scott’s framework for being a better boss on The Growth Show podcast:
“Impromptu feedback is the most important thing that managers do for the people who work for them ... but it’s really, really hard to do it. That’s why I call it ‘radical candor’, because it’s so rare that it happens.”



Successfully Manage Your Own Time

Time management is one of the hardest parts of a manager's job. It's difficult to balance your own output and the needs of your team, and finding this balance has a lot to do with prioritization. So, how do effective managers manage their time? This article shares some top tips for time management and productivity from great managers.

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Develop Your Emotional Intelligence

Someone who has high emotional intelligence is able to recognize and monitor their own and others' feelings and emotions, to engage with and navigate them, and then to use that emotional information to guide their own thinking and action. Developing this skill will help you uncover the emotional pieces that are missing from what a person actually says out loud so you can use that information in an effective way.

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Become an Amazing Mentor

Great mentors make themselves available to support and advise someone when they need it. They are trusted advisors, delivering support in a way that makes sense to the mentee, and always keeping the mentee's best interests in mind. Read the full article to learn what it means to be someone's mentor, plus tips on how to stand out in the role.

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Enable Curiosity

When you're a manager, it can be tempting to always solve your employees' problems for them. But it turns out, the best managers aren't always quick to provide a solution. Instead, they ask more questions to help guide their employees to a solution on their own. In this episode of The Growth Show, Michael Bungay Stanier, author of The Coaching Habit, shares what separates good managers from great ones -- and the tactics you can employ to become a great manager yourself.

Solve for the Company, Then Your Team, Then Yourself

Most management skills are best learned on the job. You're going to make mistakes. Embrace them and learn from them. And if you need a little guidance, check out the five key things HubSpot’s VP of Marketing wishes she knew before becoming a manager.

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Check out these suggested books if you want to get a leg up on developing your leadership and management skills.

The First 90 Days

By Michael Watkins - From mental preparation to early wins, this book will walk you through your first 90 days as a new manager and help you get up to speed faster and smarter.

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Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go

By Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni - Frequent, career-related conversations help increase employee self-awareness. This book will show you how employees can own their careers and develop themselves.

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Leaders Eat Last

By Simon Sinek - Trust and cooperation are essential to our success and fulfillment. This books explains how leaders can intentionally create a culture of hard work and loyalty.

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