This could be a long list…especially considering the never ending lists of known and unknown responsibilities for the project manager on every new project. It seems to be ever changing…yet we must be ready. But I’ll keep the list to four for now and welcome your responses, thoughts and additions.
In order to successfully manage and lead (not the same thing, or course) a project, project team and customer on an ongoing basis with hopefully recurring successes, here are my list of four key traits that the project manager should possess…at a minimum….
Meet ambiguity head-on. This competency will be particularly challenging if the project manager is technically oriented. The project manager will often receive mixed signals or possibly even contradictory data. The project manager needs to develop processes for finding truth and narrowing down inputs without getting overly frustrated. If you’re detailed oriented, this can be difficult.