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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

A project manager in-charge of executing a project works in unison with a set of team members. The project manager does not and cannot work alone. In such a scenario, the project manager needs a variety of interpersonal skills to be compatible with people and also achieve results.

The various interpersonal skills that a project manager needs as mentioned in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) are as follows.

Leadership: A project manager must be able to influence team members and motivate them to complete tasks. The project manager is able to get the aid or support of resources to accomplish a mission. A perfect leader will employ a combination of authoritative, delegative and participative leadership styles.

Team Building: The project manager must be available during all stages of team development such as forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning. The project manager must be able to hire and utilize a team with diverse skillsets during all stages of a project.

Motivation: The project manager can use the carrot or stick approach to motivate team members. The project manager must understand that individual motivations to perform well vary and thus every team member requires a different approach. “Different strokes for different folks” is the norm. The manager can apply the knowledge of various motivational theories such as Maslow’s Theory, McGregor’s Theory, Vrooms’s Theory and many more.

Communication: The project manager has to be skilled in verbal, non-verbal, and written communications. The project manager must always make sure that the ‘context’ for communication is maintained.

Decision Making: In the modern workplace, having a consensus in the decision-making process is the best method to solve a problem. The various risks involved can be discussed with the team. The project manager can initiate brainstorming to gather ideas before making the decision. The values that are important to the team must also be considered.

Political Awareness: A Project Manager must be able to navigate the political atmosphere in the organization and must be able to bend or use the political climate to suit the project execution and completion.

Cultural Awareness: Present-day project managers must work in global work environments. The organizational climate of every organization is unique. Due to this cultural shift in work environments, it is necessary for a project manager to provide an inclusive environment.

Negotiation: A project manager must be able to negotiate with external customers as well as internal stakeholders. Project managers have to negotiate to achieve results when resources are scarce or limited.

Trust Building: A project manager must conduct themselves in a certain manner, so that their team members respect and trust. Keeping to their commitments and promises, delivering what has been agreed upon, and meeting deadlines will help to build trust with both internal and external stakeholders.

Conflict Management: It is natural that conflicts arise when executing a project. Clashes over timelines, budgets, and resources can lead to conflict. There can be conflicts in ideas, methods, and techniques used to execute projects. It is the duty of the project manager to manage conflicts and solve them.

Coaching: Coaching and mentoring will be a crucial role for a project manager. Some team members may have talents that have to be brought to the forefront. Other team members may need coaching in soft skills also. Coaching is an important interpersonal skill for a project manager.

Influencing: The amount of power the project manager has and the extent to which one can influence the project is a very important factor. The authority over subject and soft skills used for smooth working relationships have a great effect on individual or team influence.

Having well-rounded interpersonal skills allows a Project Manager to better perform as a leader of the Project Team. This topic is covered in PMBOK® Guide for Project Manager Certification preparation.

EduMind Inc at 08:11

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

"Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group says, "Oh screw it. Let's do it!". That's the real attitude of a leader."
"Stay Hungry. Try out crazy things. One day, you’ll find yourself to be a Leader!"
One fine day, two friends were talking to each other. One of the friends, who were deterred about the misfortunes and failures happening in his life, was sharing those unpleasant events to the other friend. The other friend, who quietly let his friend mourn about the bad times, is none other than Abraham Lincoln, the greatest President of the United States of America. Lincoln pointed to the board that listed all the failures and misfortunes of his own with a smile on his face.

Then, the friend of Lincoln felt motivated. Well, that shows the quality of leadership in Abraham Lincoln. Having faced only failures in his life until he was 52 years, Abraham Lincoln did not give up. He tried and tried and never gave up until he reached his destination.  His determination is one of the reasons for him to become the greatest President of the America.

Leadership qualities could be innate or you can develop them. It is all about how you handle situations. It’s not about executing, it’s about shaping. It’s not about making rules; it’s about breaking and reforming rules. It’s not about making decision, it’s about facilitating decision. Being a leader is typically different from being a manager.

Let us give you four unique qualities that distinguish a person as a leader. The first and foremost is, believing in oneself and others is the best part of a leader. Because, your belief will certainly encourage your followers, which is the second expected quality of a leader.

The third attribute of a leader is to challenge. It is good for a leader to dream big, think big and do big. A leader is the one who is not afraid to take risks. Accepting challenges is always like being a leader. And, the last expected trait is to correct the team members when they go little bit off the balance and to get them back in form. All these traits in unison create the best leaders.

In an organization, it is common for conflicts to happen. Managers try to avoid conflict as they want to be safe. Whereas leaders use the conflicts to bring the change in the culture or in the organization. Because, it is the leaders who would like to take different roads but not the managers. Leaders know it very well that there would be no movement or change without friction.

Another best part of a leader is they release the control to the team members and give credits which the team members truly deserve without any kind of selfishness. But managers, they take credits for the success of the project. Will you admire or follow someone who takes all the credits? The answer will obviously be No. So it is good to give credits to your hard working team members.

It is always the leader who is followed but not the manager. Wondering why? The reason is managers do transactions, from one end to the other. They think that is what their job is. But actually, they should be doing transformations rather than transactions. The leader is the one who brings transformations in the culture and people. They will act as a role model for their team members and inspire them to follow.

Managers change things, but leaders change the world. Because, leaders have the power to transform. There is a popular line in an Apple commercial, ‘’the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who really do’’.  Be a role changer. Be a leader.

Now, do you really aspire to be a great leader than a manager? School of PM is here to lead you in the right path and shape you into a great leader with all the required leadership skills combined with project management skills. Become a great Leader with School of PM.

Unknown at 03:35

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