Project managers, as the name implies, are the managers of a project. But ultimately they’re much more than that. They’re leaders who push their projects forward and teams toward growth. In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander covers the six essential traits of a good project manager:
- Fast learner
- Conflict resolution skills
- Exceptional communication
- Emotional intelligence
- Stress management
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A project manager needs to be as adaptable as possible to their new environment and be able to acquire new skills with ease. The ability to do so raises the project manager’s value as they can learn to grow with the company while expanding their own repertoire of tasks they can complete. In addition to being a fast learner, project managers should be able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people effectively, out loud or in an email. Being able to be socially nimble can aid in a number of other areas, one of these being conflict resolution. Resolving issues quickly, especially in an agile setting, is crucial to keep work moving.
As conflicts arise and the pressure builds, the emotional intelligence and stress management of project managers should come into play. Being able to read a room and feel how people are interacting are skills that are highly valued. In addition to being able to read the emotions of others, it is important for project managers to be able to manage some of the more stressful circumstances when necessary.
When speaking about initiative, Alexander says the following:
During his time at Trader Joe’s, [Richard Lowe, 20-year veteran director of computer operations at Trader Joe’s] said knowledge about the company was at the top of the list for potential PMs: “I looked for someone who showed an interest in our company. In other words, when they came in for the interview, they had already researched Trader Joe’s, walked into a couple of stores, talked to some people, and had an idea of the unique culture of our business.”
You can view the original article here: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/6-traits-to-look-for-when-hiring-your-next-it-project-manager/