In today’s fast-paced and highly tech-dependent society, organizations and executives often struggle to find successful and effective project managers. Sure, it is important for a project manager to be able to understand the scope of a project and be able to coordinate individuals while delegating tasks, but there is more to being successful at this job than many may think. A recent article posted by “TechRepublic” outlines six of the most important characteristics that executives look for when hiring project managers for their organization.
“If a PM is to successfully lead projects, they will need to have transferable leadership traits that can’t be found in a classroom or a book and aren’t project- or industry-specific” (Alexander, 2017). The six key things that executives have sought out are listed below:
- A fast learner
- Conflict resolution
- Exceptional written and verbal communication
- Emotional intelligence
- Stress management
When taking a deeper look at each of these desired characteristics, we notice that they are not all focused on one specific type of management. For example, an individual could be a successful project manager on a business, construction, marketing, or information and communication technology project as long as they possess each of the above listed characteristics. In other words, successful project managers also have to be versatile. I would add versatility to the list as a desired characteristic if I were looking for a leader in my organization. I think it is important for project managers to have all of the listed traits coming from someone who has had to report to project managers and someone who as also lead teams on various projects. If you are someone who is interested in becoming a successful project manager someday or looking to hire one, think about these traits along with my added one of versatility next time to find the right fit.
For more on the article written by Moira Alexander, visit http://www.techrepublic.com/article/6-traits-to-look-for-when-hiring-your-next-it-project-manager/
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Alexander, M. (2017, June 1). 6 traits to look for when hiring your next IT project manager – TechRepublic [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://www.techrepublic.com/article/6-traits-to-look-for-when-hiring-your-next-it-project-manager/