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What Does It Take to Lead a Team Effectively?

Successful project managers are those who practice effective leadership skills and strong management skills. Project managers must lead, manage, and motivate our project team members. Further, they must keep in mind the bigger picture to know how all the different elements of projects work together. Therefore, effective project management demands a different set of skills. In this article at Project Times, Mark Romanelli discusses crucial skills for project management professionals.

Essential Project Management Skills

Time Management

The ability to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines is an essential characteristic of an efficient project manager. Team members are likely to respond better to managers who stay on task, complete work on time, and avoid procrastination. Project managers must maximize productivity and minimize distractions in several key project areas. Besides, good managers must develop trust between team members, rather than micromanage.

Technical Skill

Working knowledge of information technology systems is the number one skill that any technical project manager must possess. Technical expertise allows project managers to assess technical risks and competently answer questions from programmers, analysts, engineers, and developers. Besides, technical knowledge will help project managers to give concise and clear reports to organizational stakeholders, partners, and leaders who don’t necessarily have a technical background.

Problem Solving

A successful project manager must:

  • Clearly define the problem and provide a clear set of objectives and a pathway to success
  • Develop an awareness of all possible solutions to the problem
  • Be proactive in finding potential problems rather than waiting for something to go wrong
  • Monitor the implementation of the solution to the problem
  • Oversee if the implementation of the solution meets any complications

“Project managers should also reflect on and be aware of their own level of skills in these areas.  This will help them to select assignments for which they can be most effective, and to identify areas for future development and improvement,” says Mark.

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