When executing a project, the Project Management is an important part of ensuring that the right strategic goals are developed to execute effectively. The role of the Project Manager is crucial to the success of the project. In many instances, it can be beneficial to bring an external Project Manager (PM). External PMS are often more experienced and more objective than internal PMs. However, whether internal or external, there are some key characteristics that make up a quality Project Manager.
The key characteristics of a quality Project Manager:
Good leadership requires commitment to and demonstration of ethical standards, which is why a PM needs to have integrity. In order to demonstrate integrity, a set of shared values within the business must be clearly established. As the saying goes, “actions speak louder than words”, and the PM needs to remember it is their responsibility to set the bar high lead by example. In turn, the trust of the team members should be earned. In cases where teams exemplify the ethical standards, the PM should reward it as an encouragement to others working on the project.
A quality PM must also have effective communication skills, and the ability to communicate with people at all levels, as they are often the team’s link to the larger business. The PM will need to effectively communicate to various parties on the responsibilities, goals, performance, expectations and feedback involved with the project. Something as simple as communication could lead to the failure of the project.
Vision is also important when it comes to managing a Project, and therefore the PM must be a visionary, who is able to articulate this to those around him/her. The PM should empower the rest of the team members to have a vision of their own and lead them in the right direction. Having a vision also means being able adapt to any changes that may arise.
Without passion, the PM cannot expect enthusiasm from the rest of the team members, or other parties involved. An enthusiastic leader is someone committed to their goals, and can express this through optimism, which is contagious to those around them. People are more likely to follow someone with a can-do attitude!
While integrity, communication skills, vision, and passion are not the only characteristics that make up a quality PM, they are certainly critical qualities. PM’s that excel in these areas are more likely to bring the project to success.