Guest Post by: Bryan Phelps (Workfront.com)
Project managers are a valuable asset to business to keep things running smoothly. Today, the role of project manager has grown to encompass many hats. To be successful, project managers must develop various skill sets, including leadership, cheerleader, and the ability to work well in a high-pressure environment.
Whether you’re seasoned project manager or just starting out, here are 3 important skills to help you succeed:
1. Effective communication. Things will change throughout a project. Help keep everything on track and the project moving forward by taking time to practice effective communication. As project manager, it is your responsibility to ensure all the communication lines between clients, shareholders, executives, managers, and your team are open and everyone is on the same page.
2. Build relationships with your team. Even after the project is over, take time to maintain a working relationship with your team. Set up a lunch, happy hour, coffee date or something else to talk about how things went and what kind of challenges they ran into. Was there something you could have done better to help them?
3. Don’t lose your cool. In the world of project management, things can come up and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Take a breath and don’t lose your cool because people will question if you’re cut out to be a project manager. Remember, not everything needs to be fixed right now and your team may need a sounding board with someone they trust.
When it comes to project management, there are various approaches to being successful. Learn more about what you can do to be successful by checking out Workfront’s article, How To Be a Project Manager: 81 Tips from PM Experts.
Bryan is right on about how to walk that fine line between pushing the project and not pushing away your team members. At times Project Management can seem like a blood sport. Be careful not to implode your team in the process. Here are 5 Keys to Successful Project Management that dovetail into what Bryan discusses.
- #8 – Set Clear Action Items
- #11 – Be Transparent
- #29 – Show Gratitude
- #48 – Share Why the Due Date is the Due Date
- #51 – Pay Close Attention to Detail
And sometimes you get at wits end and need a change. If that is you, let me know how I can help.