Traits of a Successful Project Manager

28 Feb

When looking into a future career in Project Management or have an interest in learning more about what a project manager does, I think it is helpful to know some of the skills that a project manager uses on a day to day basis.  I have used the below skills not only in school, but in my career everyday while managing several different projects.  These skills are ones that you will constantly continue to work on each and every day to improve and learn from in each project that you manage.

 People Skills – Communicating with others is so important and plays such a key role in the overall success of a project.  Continue to improve your people skills by putting yourself into situations that require strong use of people skills, such as mentoring and coaching, training, planning an event, etc, allows you to continue to improve upon your soft skills

  • Technical Skills – Know how to develop realistic cost, schedule estimates, return-on-investment assessment.  Continue to improve your technical skills by job shadowing some of your technical team members on your teams, read technical blogs, take a PM course at your local university, and attend seminars.
  • Management Skills – Ability to manage the resources associated and allocated to the project while exercising leadership skills that build a strong team
  • Negotiating/Conflict Resolution Skills – Ability to handle people problems before they affect performance whether the problems are within the team or with customers, clients.
  • Coaching and Mentoring Skills – Get along and help others as you are all working for the same common goal of getting the job done.
  • Strong Organizational Skills – Ability to keep projects organized so everyone is informed and really helps keep a project moving forward and well-documented
  • Multi-tasking Skills – Ability to switch gears as you will be managing several projects at once
  • Thinking out of the Box Skills – Ability to think differently to resolve problems or issues that arise during the project to resolve and utilize your resources to the fullest to meet your deadlines

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.”  – Colin Powell

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in Project Manager Tips


4 responses to “Traits of a Successful Project Manager

  1. Steve B

    February 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    To me the most important part of a manager would have charisma. A person that have a unique charisma will insure other people to be self diligent in their work.

  2. Lisa Drake

    March 1, 2011 at 9:27 am

    Thank you Steve for your comment.

  3. ashleycray

    March 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Great blog post, Lisa! It makes you realize that there are specific people out there who are better fit to be project managers than others – there’s such a wide variety of skill sets required!

  4. Lisa Drake

    March 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you Ashley for reading and commenting on my post.


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