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6 Leadership Skills for Project Managers

sixProject management is a pretty loaded term, in that managing a project really means being able to accomplish several other tasks simultaneously. Kristen Riley writes a blog post about the six leadership skills she believes are vital to developing a strong project team:

  1. Develop structure
  2. Clearly communicate
  3. Lead by example
  4. Encourage trust
  5. Provide motivation
  6. Be reliable

Create a project-specific document to keep team members on the same page, literally or otherwise, and try to include things like team biographies, individual and team roles, and personal anecdotes. Try to lead by example by staying positive and trying to make yourself as useful and open as possible. Foster a trusting environment and always keep your commitments. And importantly, keep the team motivated by highlighting achievement and being quick to fix mistakes as they appear. Riley really wants a team to feel united, and yet at the same time she recommends that you track and rate the contributions of each individual team member. Specifically rating team members sounds kind of severe to me, but I guess all that really matters in the end is that everyone is carrying their weight.

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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