Leadership is lonely, no matter the size of your team.  Every day you work hard, utilising the hard skill set you acquired through education and the early years of your career. While you may fit the bill as an efficient proJect manager, you are striving to go from ordinary to extraordinary. As tirelessly as you work, you cannot seem to crack the code to unlocking your team’s true potential.

What Quality Is Missing That Sets the Elite Apart from Yourself?

Exceptional proJect managers possess the ability to motivate not only themselves, but the people around them, creating an environment that hones a sense of aspiration and inspiration. 

Here are four simply ways to get started:

1. GROWTH: Most ambitious professionals know that who they are today is not the professional they want to be tomorrow. An environment that condones staying stagnant and does not promote professional growth is a huge deter for many employees.  Instead, provide opportunities for your employees to feel empowered through growth of their skill sets and taking on more responsibility as appropriate. Empowered employees will gain a sense of pride and ownership, which often translates into harder working employees.

“Coming Together Is a Beginning, Staying Together Is Progress, and Working Together Is Success.” -Henry Ford

2. RELATIONSHIPS: While it is wise to often separate business from pleasure, it is also important to note that you will spend the majority of your waking hours with your team and co-workers. Creating healthy relationships that concentrate on good communication will help create a productive environment.

The Greatness of a Man Is Not in How Much Wealth He Acquires, but in His Integrity and His Ability to Affect Those Around Him Positively – Bob Marley

3. AUTONOMY: On occasion, stress is derived from having a lack of control. Providing employees the opportunity to manage part of their workload can help alleviate this feeling, and increase their individual productivity.

“If You Can’t Explain It Simply, You Don’t Understand It Well Enough.” – albert Einstein

4. MEANING: Giving a project purpose, direction and meaning is an essential element in creating a productive team that will execute a project flawlessly. If employees are unclear of why they are doing something they will be unable to create the deeper connection which promotes motivation for the project.

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This brings us back to the need to create a strong vision and values that in turn will create a productive team that is capable of excelling project after project. 

So get going, move forward, aim high and plan a takeoff. Don’t just sit on the runway and hope someone will come along and push the airplane. It simply won’t happen. Change your attitude and gain some altitude.