Through this complex and challenging last year and a half, project managers have had to learn to work differently. Organizations were put to the test, having to continue usual duties while adhering to physical distance guidelines. The pandemic has magnified the notion that projects are ever-changing and for these to be successful, an organization’s project management must stand out above the rest.
Here are some qualities of a successful project leader that continue to be essential:
GOOD COMMUNICATION SKILLS
This quality is by far the most important as an atmosphere of confusion within a project will always lead to poor results. A good project manager will have the ability to explain clearly to clients, vendors, and team members.
GOOD NEGOTIATION SKILLS
Project managers must negotiate through all elements of a project from start to finish, whether it is regarding budgets, contracts, or scope of work. Knowing how to listen and come to an agreement that is fair for both sides is vital to success.
ABILITY TO BE OPEN AND FLEXIBLE
A good project manager will listen to all team members and be open to new ideas. Being able to accept feedback and being approachable empowers a team and boosts morale. A project manager should also anticipate the possibility of unexpected setbacks and be able to handle them creatively.
A good project manager will continue learning and expanding their skillset. They will use all the tools that are available to them and take the time to improve their skills.
REVIEWS PAST PROJECTS
In anticipation of the next project, a good project manager will review and evaluate a past project’s performance. Identifying areas that went well and didn’t go so well ensures that those lessons are learned from the past.
Good project management ensures that the goals of projects closely align with the organization’s goals and ultimately, the success of the business.