Everyone has their own particular set of ideals that guide their decision-making. Having integrity, goals, and missions are important to your ability to work in any area, especially in project management. They shape how people view you and how you interact with your work. But the point is that people can’t trample all over your ideals, and you need to be able to enforce them. In an article for Project Times, Brad Egeland explains how to stand for your ideals:
- Make solid decisions and stand behind them.
- Lead the team and don’t waiver easily on the principles that make you a good project manager and leader.
- Boldly lead the customer and don’t back down when the turbulence hits.
Investing in Your Integrity
In order to stand up for your own integrity, you need to make the best informed decision on a topic. This will require you to not be swayed easily by those who have agendas other than the success of the project. Stand by your informed choices until proven otherwise so you don’t get wrapped up in poor decision-making. Egeland then says not to waiver on principles that make you a good leader:
This is another one about stubbornness. There are those – even senior leaders in the company – who will try to sway you away from actions you are carrying out on the part of the customer and the project. They may ask you to knowingly go down a path that may not be best for the project’s goals and mission in the name of more revenue or even just making the delivery organization “look good.” I had this happen to me a couple of times that I know of and realized… and possibly more times earlier in my career when I was not aware of the situation.
Projects will always have problems, but the trick is knowing how to deal with them. Keep your eye on the prize and the resources at your disposal. If need be, switch up the resources you use so you can get a new perspective on an issue.
You can view the original article here: https://www.projecttimes.com/articles/you-ve-got-to-stand-for-something-or-you-ll-fall-for-anything.html