Every project manager has had to deal with the inevitable rise of problems in a project. And while some of these problems may be completely outside of your control, it’s human nature to have your morale worn down when they show up. So in an article for the Digital Project Manager, Lina Calin gives some ways you can tell you’re a good project manager to bring your spirits back up.
Simple Signs of Success
The first way you can tell if you’re a good project manager is if you truly care about the work you do and the content that you put out there. When you have a vested interest in your work, that’ll naturally affect work ethic and make you a more efficient project manager.
Another way you can tell you’re a good project manager is when people come to you to solve problems. If people trust your judgment and value your guidance enough to come to you when there’s an issue, then you know that you must be doing something right. People who come to you know that you value them enough as an individual to sit down and listen to them.
Similarly, it’s a good sign that you know what you’re doing if you have a firm handle on your projects. Granted, you aren’t going to be in control all of the time, but a good project manager has the ability to bounce back, realign the goals, and keep moving forward. It’s especially telling about your skills if your team wants “more” of you. Whether it be having you on more projects in the future or even just wanting more project managers like you in general, it indicates that they see the value in what you bring to the table.
And of course, you know you’re doing something right when you hear the question, “How do you do it?” from the people around you:
They see how you remain calm in tense situations, how you can turn a frustrated client into a laughing client, how you can take notes and lead a conversation simultaneously, and how you manage to remain organized even after an entire day of various meetings.
Those words of awe: “how do you do it?” show you that your team has caught a glimpse of the wild world that is project management, and they are dazzled and impressed by your skills. Savor these moments and tuck them away for when you need a reminder that that you are doing an incredibly tough job while remaining composed, professional, and organized.
You can view the original article here: http://www.thedigitalprojectmanager.com/signs-you-are-doing-great-job/