What Makes a Great Project Manager?
You’re the Project Manager, congrats. However, have you ever asked yourself, “Am I a good Project Manager?” and felt unsure of the answer? or what makes a project manager great? Are you a truly amazing project manager or just a mediocre one?
Being a project manager is hard. People don’t naturally wish to have one. And not everyone wants to be one. But most people are anxious to follow a good project manager, and all projects live or die on the quality of the leaders who run them.
Surely by adopting the habits of good project managers and shunning the sins of bad project managers, anyone can do a better job of managing projects. Just as long as the leader has a growth mindset.
Not sure how you stack up? Here are some key beliefs that are held by the best project manages, but that are often rejected by the worst.
- You put the human before the project and understand that life sometimes gets in the way.
- The success of the project depends largely on you being the master of obvious and mundane things, not obscure, or breakthrough ideas or methods.
- People you manage feel comfortable bouncing ideas off you, sharing feedback, saying ‘I don’t know’ and admitting mistakes.
- You are aware of what motivates you and your decision-making.
- You strive to be confident enough to convince people that you are the project manager, but humble enough to realize that you are often going to be wrong.
- You always roll up your sleeves and pitch in when needed right alongside your team.
- You give feedback — “the good, the bad and the ugly”.
- You shepherd your people through every hard turn.
- Your rewards for success are keeping your job and receiving even more responsibilities and challenges.
- You are aware of your own blind spots and challenge yourself to step out of your comfort zone in order to build trust and motivate the team.
- You realize that most difficult part of being a project manager is striking the balance between being too assertive and not assertive enough.
- You leave your ego at the door and are able to surround yourself with people that are more knowledgeable and more skilled than your are to complete the project tasks.
- Your are transparent.
- You inspire.
- You aim to fight as if you are right, but listen as if you are wrong.
- You admit to having a inaccurate understanding of what it feels like to work for you.
- You understand that how you do things is as important as what you do.
- You understand that because you wield power over others, you are at great risk of being insensitive and not knowing it.
- You create a clear structures for each team member and ensure that they know what their responsibilities are.
- You are approachable and show real concern to the issues facing the people on your team.
- You use your status for the greater good of the company and treat the team members with respect.
Learn to inspire, teach, protect, remove obstacles and be human and you’ll become the unforgettable project manager that your people will remember for the rest of their life’s.