Ten Traits of a Successful Project Manager
This short article highlights some of the best traits of a successful project manager. He or she has many of these abilities:
- In Touch - Regularly checks the "pulse" of the project. The balance is in checking often enough for scope and length of the project, without over-checking.
- Good Vibrations - Has inner and outer warmth. The manager understands people, and can use humor as a relief.
- Rock-solid - Has a solid character. Everyone respects and trusts the manager and his actions.
- Does the Job - Has a preference for action - doesn't wait for issues to resolve themselves.
- Good Reactions - Anticipates problems and plans as he can to handle or avoid them.
- Not Scattered - Can handle mulitple tasks with proper focus. His management style is balanced between multi-tasking and focusing on the important details and tasks. This trait is connected to good time management.
- Focused Picture - When buried in details, she can also look at the big picture, and understands how the teams efforts are integrated in the whole of the project.
- Quality Workmanship - Through leading by example, quality outcomes and products are achieved.
- Bends, but Unbreakable - Has flexibility, but can make firm decisions. It is a key trait to be able to understand when decisions have to be made by the manager (as opposed to letting others intercede or make decisions for the manager by default.)
- Leverages Tools - Learns and uses tools to help manage projects. A good PM doesn't get buried learning complex project management tools - especially if she does not yet know the theories or uses behind techniques (such as earned-value management or PERT charts).