If you wish to join the ranks of business executives, you need to plan and prepare. Success will never fall in your lap with the exertion of no effort on your part. Many businesses require you to have a college degree in business management before you can become a part of their management team. Most executives also study on their own time. Books and seminars can do much to keep you current on business trends. Certain business specialties require you to have training and experience within those specialty areas before you can participate in them.Here are a few of the skills you will need to be effective in business management:1) Listening. The most effective leaders take the time to listen to the employees. You must be able to discern their fears and concerns. Take the time to hear them out.2) Patience. Some employees are more high-strung than others. By working with them patiently and with real compassion, you can help many to become greater contributors to your company team.3) Goal oriented. You not only need to make goals for yourself, you need to be able to get others to set business goals and be actively working toward their achievement. Too many managers simply tell the employees in their charge what the daily, weekly and monthly goals are without input by those same subordinates. The employees feel no particular need to reach such goals. They should be included in the goal-making process. Employees who regularly meet their goals on time and within standards should be rewarded in some way for their efforts. Business trips, extra time for lunch breaks, or personal days off work are all positive ways to recognize goal achievements.4) A sense of fair play. Many employees feel slighted when left out of the specific training they need for advancement. The term “fair-haired child” is bandied about in too many business settings when certain employees continually receive preferential treatment over others. On the other hand, some employees use threats and intimidation to get their own way around the office. You can put your entire structure in danger if you yield to such tactics. You need to set limits on nonconstructive employee activities, and enforce your rules as fairly as possible.5) Motivation. You should learn motivational techniques that will help to keep the employees happy and content. Cross-training, employee awards, monetary awards for using no sick leave, and other acts can do much for employee motivation. The best motivators know their employees. The things that motivate one employee may not work as well for another.It won’t do much good to wish you luck in your path toward a business management career, as luck seldom has much to do with success. Instead, best wishes to you in your endeavors as you study and work to achieve your goals.