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Important Qualities to Have as a Project Manager

A project manager is smiling with his team in the background.No two project managers are the same but there are a few factors which the successful ones tend to have in common. We could call these good project manager qualities if we like. While it isn’t strictly essential to possess all of them, you will find that the more you have the higher your chances of success are.

A Positive Outlook

It is going to be a long, hard project if you are the type of person who tends to look at things negatively. If you want to inspire your team and gain the trust of your stakeholders then you will need to stay positive even when the going gets a bit rough. If you start feeling negative then this is going to affect you as well, so you should look for ways to shake yourself out of it as quickly as possible. I have always found that getting a break from the office is the best way of losing a feeling of negativity. You might need to try a few different things until you get your own way of getting your balance back and feeling positive all over again.

Delegates Well

The project manager who tries to do it all on their own is likely to fail at some point. Unless the piece of work you have been given is extremely small you will need your team to get involved with it and help you out. I guess that we need to add the organization of a project team into this list as well then, as it is something which takes some special skills to sort out. Delegating and organizing work within your team is something which you will hopefully enjoy. If you like seeing your team members succeed and progress in their careers then the project manager role is going to be a good choice for you. On the other hand, if you like to stay in control of everything and don’t like to give up any of your work to others then this is going to be a struggle for you.

Negotiating Skills

Not everyone you deal with in the course of the project is going to be happy to do whatever you want without questioning it. This is where your negotiating skills are going to be vital. You will need to be able to strike a bargain with people at different levels in the organization and then be sure that they follow it up at their end. This is a part of the role which many new project managers find most difficult to get to grips with. Thankfully there are training courses you can go on for this kind of thing, so it is definitely an area you can look at improving over time.

Well Organized

To be able to get a project through all the way from the start to the finish you need to be able to pull together a lot of different strands at the right time.  To do this successfully you need to be very organized. The most important part of this point is the project plan. This is what will tell you what needs done when and whether you are still on track. If you design this plan properly and learn how to use it and trust it then you can possibly get away with not being the most organized person in the world in this respect. However, there are plenty of other aspects to the job where you will need to be organized to get them right.

Able to Multitask

There will be times on your projects where you probably won’t know which way to turn, as there are so many things needing done. Personally I think that the key here is in knowing what you can multitask and what you can’t. What I mean is that some tasks can be done on a sort of auto pilot mode while other can’t.  You don’t want to get this wrong and make a mess of something which is vitally important and needs a lot of attention to detail. However, you don’t want to miss out on the chance to get some simple things done quickly. Another aspect to remember is that you might be part of the way through a task when you get a phone call or need to head off to a meeting. Being able to pick up the threads of a job again part of the way through it is something you will need to be able to do as well.

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