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Every successful entrepreneur had to learn how to be a great manager along the line. These are the attributes that will earn you the chance to become management material.

If you’re not deemed management material, you never get your shot at the big-time. Period. You never get the chance to learn or hone those skills that will enable you to someday start your own business.

Unfortunately, a lot of people who might have turned out well never get the chance to find out or show their stuff. It’s a bit of a Catch-22, I know. C’est la vie. There’s just no way around it.

Even big-time entrepreneurs like Larry Page and Mark Zuckerberg had to learn how to be effective managers. If not, the companies they founded, the Googles and Facebooks of the world, never would have gone anywhere. I don’t care how cool their innovations were.

Here are the skills and attributes that executives and business leaders look for in up-and-comers. If you’ve got some of them or can fake it well enough to convince the powers that be to give you a chance, you might be management material.

Seeing the big picture. When I meet someone who understands markets, how companies operate, how business gets done—who gets it—I think that guy’s got potential. If, on the other hand, all you know and are interested in is your own little domain, that’s all you’re likely to see in your career.

Hunger to achieve. If you live to accomplish things, to make things happen so you can look back and say I did that or I was part of that, managers and recruiters will see it. They look for that sort of thing in up-and-comers. It helps, of course, to have the capability to deliver, but it’s a great starting point.

Courage. Very few of us actually possess any meaningful amount of self-confidence when we’re young for the simple reason that we haven’t had enough experience, enough successes and failures, to develop confidence yet. But if you have the guts to at least act like you do, that’s enough to get folks to believe in you and give you a shot.

Functional competence. Whatever it is you’re going to be running, if people d