A businessman might be a high-powered banker, an entrepreneur running a small business, a salesman, a restaurant manager or a car dealer. No matter the industry, every businessman needs a few essential items to function and succeed. These items may come in different forms, sizes or styles, but the underlying purpose for each is universal.

An organizer is essential for any businessman who wants to be able to keep up with his schedule. It may be a small, pocket-sized calendar where he tracks his appointments in pencil, or it might be a high-tech gadget with his entire life on a microchip. No matter what tool he uses, a businessman needs something to keep him on track and punctual.

Depending on his job, a businessman needs the tools of the trade to perform his duties. For some this may mean a laptop and cell phone, for others it could be a sales kit and a white board. These are the items that no businessman will leave home without. Add to those items a professional quality pen and some means to jot down notes in a moment’s notice.

Along with an organizer, every businessman needs a carrier that can be packed up with everything he needs to attend a meeting, call on a client or make a presentation. The briefcase should suit his style, but a nicely crafted carrier made of high-quality materials will make a statement.

Power Suit
Depending on the industry, some businessmen may wear suits on a regular basis. But every businessman needs a power suit hanging in his closet. This is the special occasion suit to be worn for the new client presentation, the final job interview or any other event that is high on the importance ladder.

A good suit will lose its luster if not accompanied by the right accessories. Every businessman needs a leather belt, good quality silk ties, dark-colored socks that go over the calf and, by all means, polished and shined dress shoes.

Business Cards
Every contact a businessman makes should be given a calling card with information on how he can be reached. Though he may leave an impression on people with his demeanor, skill and outstanding presentation, a method for followup is needed to seal a deal or form a business relationship.

A businessman who wants to be successful must have imagination. He needs to think creatively to find ways to make his business stand out from competitors. During his tenure, a businessman will be called upon to promote his business, resolve work issues, solve conflicts and dream up new ideas to keep his business fresh. All these skills will be enhanced with a strong imagination.

Confidence is the difference between an average businessman and one who excels. When a businessman enters into a relationship with a customer or business partner, the other party must be able to trust his judgment and decisions. He needs the confidence to be able to make a commitment and follow through with a business proposition.

Goals are what drive a businessman. Once he has goals, he can prepare a strategic plan with steps of how to accomplish each one.

Common Sense
A businessman must have the ability to think on his feet and react to emergency situations. He needs the sense to analyze a situation, determine a resolution and move forward quickly so that valuable time is not lost.