Over several years, organizations never realized the importance of implementing project management in the running of business operations (Fewings 2005). As such, the project management approach existed as an option for companies that wanted to practice the approach. However, the recent sophistication in business processes forced organizations to implement the approach, which would allow them compete favorably.
Currently, the project management approach is inevitable, and several organizations are hungry for the services of project managers (Fewings 2005). In this paper, therefore, the author discusses the skills and qualities that project managers should possess so as to enable successful project implementation.
Essential Qualities and Skills of Project Managers
Project managers should also have excellent skills and qualities that will allow for a smooth integration with employees, as well as get a significant level of respect (Lock 2007). Such skills are categorized into four groups namely; personal qualities, communication skills, management skills, and relationship qualities as shown in the following table.
Table 1: Matrix: Essential Qualities and Skills for Successful Project Managers.
|Personal Qualities|| ||Appropriate personal qualities will improve the productivity of managers by enhancing their interactions with team members, as well as customers (Phd in Management2011). |
Personal qualities among project managers can be measured from the existing relationship between the manager and team members.
As an example, a manager that believes in team members will share his vision with them; thereby, pave way for teamwork success.
However, a manager with a negative attitude will demoralize team members and lead to low productivity.
|Communication Skills and Qualities|| ||Excellent communication skills are necessary for effective management of the workforce (Barry 2000). |
Such skills can be measured by how well information flows from a manager to his team members, as well as the intensity of mistakes among the workforce.
Communication skills can be developed further by increasing the number of manager-employee meetings, which discuss the obstacles that prevent employees from delivering their best.
| ||Management skills are valuable in the successful execution of a business project (Phd in Management2011). |
Without the proper management skills, the organization’s productivity significantly reduces due to multiple failures (Knights & Hugh 2007).For instance, when a project manager fails to plan effectively, some team members may be overworked, while others remain underworked.As a result, the overall productivity drops and the project may be delayed or even use more resources than what was in the budget. Therefore, management skills can be measured by the overall success and productivity of a project.
Such skills, however, can be improved through management experience and training on effective management practices.
|Relationship Skills and Qualities|| ||Relationship skills are valuable because they help to minimize conflicts; hence, creating healthy relationships between the workforce and other business parties (Phd in Management2011). |
These are key skills that can be measured through the ability of a manager to create and sustain an excellent working relationship that results in improved business productivity.
Relationship skills can also be developed further by establishing conflict situations, and figuring out the best solutions to follow.
As established above, managers should posses several project management skills in order to plan, manage, and execute project functions in an effective manner. Without some of these skills, it can be extremely difficult to manage the successful completion of a project.
Therefore, proper measures should be undertaken by project managers in order to organize the workforce without failure. In conclusion, project managers must be equipped with effective personal, communication, management, and relationship skills that can grow and sustain a high-performance workgroup.
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