The earlier you learn these skills the faster you'll be able to accelerate your own career and ensure you are paid at the top of the slope. The key to these five skills is that they all interconnected. You can't negotiate well unless you know how to advocate for yourself. You can't manage without a strong network (where else will you find your next superstar?). And you won't be given the opportunity to lead without understanding the economics of your business and your clients business, (financial Acumen).