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Behavioral Aspects Of A Project Manager

Anyone can be a project manager, but there are certain behavioral aspects that separate those who are successful as project managers and those who are not. An article on 123helpme! notes that organizational culture and project leadership are two of the most important areas in which a project manager needs to excel.

Organizational culture refers to the level of support surrounding an initial project idea. This is the time when team members will either get behind a project or start to show disapproval. In order to become more skilled, organizational culture is the area in which the project manager must get people behind an idea so they are more inclined to put 100% of their effort into it. This can be done by addressing individual concerns while pointing out positive aspects about the project.

Strong project leadership, according to the article, is another attribute of good project managers:

‘Leadership implies a relationship, and you will only be able to build that relationship on mutual understanding and respect. Team members believe in their leaders when they believe the leaders have their best interests at heart’ (Bucero, 2005). In project management (PM) leadership and the relationship that makes a leader are necessary tools for a successful team. A project manager needs to have the tools to realize what is working and what is not and be able to communicate, plan and motivate in order to keep the project on track. The PM needs to know when to move off course and when to push harder or just take a step back. The success of a team depends on the leadership a project leader

About Anne Grybowski

Anne is a former staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success, with a degree in Media Studies from Penn State University.

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