The understanding of an effective project leader varies from person to person. But what are those qualities that are most critical for a project leader to be successful? Based on different viewpoints gathered from project leaders and senior managers on Project Management skills, here are some key considerations on who is a capable project manager:
- Creates an inclusive vision The success of a project depends on the direction provided by the project leader. A competent project head is able to articulate a vision of what has to be done and how it has to be achieved.
- Effective Communicator Connecting with people and the ability to communicate across ranks is a key skill by project managers and team mates. A good project leader spells out his goals, strategies, responsibility, performance, expectations and reactions.
- Sincerity One of the key characteristics of an accomplished project leader is sincerity. Good leadership expects high commitment, ethical practices, transparency and honesty. Passionate leaders are committed to their goals and this is reflected through their optimism.
- Understanding An empathetic leader is one who is considerate of other people’s feelings, thoughts, and emotions. He is one who never forgets that his team members have a life other than at work.
- Capable Having a proven background is the most effective way to be considered competent. The ability to inspire, lead and influence people can be seen as capable and proficient.
- Delegates activities A good leader demonstrates his trust in others by delegating essential aspects of the work. Depending on how much you scrutinize and control, how much you delegate and how much you let people take part depends on him.
- Staying calm under stress In today’s world, everyone faces work pressure. It would be a folly to believe that there would be no major issues or obstacles when working on projects. A leader who stays calm and composed will handle stressful situations well.
- Team-building abilities A leader who cannot hold his team together will hardly deliver value. In order for a team to grow from a group of aliens to a cohesive force, the leader must know the process and dynamics required for the change.
- Problem shooter Even as every leader is assumed to have problem-shooting skills, it is more so in the case of project leaders who must have superior problem-solving capabilities.