Success as a project manager requires a lot more than just managing the time, budget, and requirements of your project. Companies are looking for someone who can adapt to change quickly and put the stakeholders’ needs first. You need to stand out from your peers as someone who can tick both of those boxes. So in an article for CIO.com, Moira Alexander gives six traits of the highly effective project manager:
- Be a strategic business partner.
- Encourage and recognize valuable contributions.
- Respect and motivate stakeholders.
- Be fully vested in success.
- Stress integrity and accountability.
- Work in the gray.
Traits to Tap into Greatness
Alexander explains the significance of being a strategic business partner:
These days, there are far more factors, both internal and external, that can negatively impact projects of all types. Such factors include triple bottom line (economic, ecological and social outcomes), legal and legislative restrictions, remote project issues, and international and cultural factors, among others. Factors such as these create additional complexities that a project manager must contend with, and if you don’t have a strong understanding of how your project fits within the overall company-wide strategic goals, you greatly hamper your chances of delivering effective outcomes.
Another trait is to encourage and recognize valuable contributions. Your successes and failures come from the team working together as a whole, not just a single person. Make sure fair credit is given to everyone and that they all play to their strengths when working on a project. Leverage what you already have in place.
It’s crucial that you instill confidence and respect in your stakeholders. They can make or break a project, so show them the same respect you give your team and sponsors. While you build up your stakeholders’ faith in your project, you yourself also need to be invested in the success of the project. Be involved in all aspects, activities, and with people. However, make sure you don’t overextend yourself either; it is a balancing act.
Strong leaders in general are expected to be accountable for mistakes, and project managers are no different. By selflessly putting the needs of others before your own and taking responsibility for your actions, you send a strong message to everyone you work with. People will follow you if you have integrity and accountability of character. That said, you will need to be able to “work in the gray” and be able to navigate murkier outcomes. Having the insight to tell when a project is in trouble or when your organization needs help will make you an integral part of any project that you work on.
You can view the original article here: http://www.cio.com/article/2433916/project-management/project-management-six-attributes-of-successful-project-managers.html