To be a good project manager (PM) one must possess a variety of traits and attributes. This post will look over what those exact traits are, and why they are so crucial for the job.
- Leadership: While this one may be a bit obvious, it is important to highlight because it encompasses the entire essence of the title project manager. If a PM lacks the ability to lead, then projects will not get done on time or even at all.
- Communication: Without proper communication a project will fail to achieve its optimum potential. A good PM should be the lubricant for communication among the team.
- Flexibility: While there is always a project plan, there are also usually unforeseen situations that arise. When these surprises pop up it is important to be able to adjust the plan and schedule if need be.
- Organized: The PM sets the tone for the project, and an unorganized PM leads to an unorganized project. Good organizational skills help streamline projects.
- Honesty: Some say honesty is the best policy – and I believe this holds true to PMs as well. Workers who have faith in their leader will go above and beyond their call of duty.
The above are only a few of the may traits that successful project managers should possess. These traits are essential to projects and their outcome.