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Project manager

Project manager job

It is the job of a project manager to achieve a project result in the most successful way possible. The influence of the manager (or project leader) on the progress, the team, and result of the project is very big. The qualities that a project manager should have depends on various situations and the complexity of the project at hand. In most situations specific knowledge of the subject of the project is a big plus. But basic knowledge of project management comes a long way in all kind of projects.

A project is never the same, so experience builds character and goes a long way. A project manager is also never the same, making certain projects more suitable for a certain management style or manger type.

Project manager skills

Project management can be learned, but if you own a lot of the basic skills to be a successful project manager you have an advantage to be a real great project manager compared to others. The basic list of skills that a project-manager more or less needs to have are:

  • Be result orientated.
  • Be motivating to the team.
  • Be practical.
  • Be supporting.
  • Be entrepreneurial.
  • Be analytical.
  • Be communicative.
  • Be a good negotiator.
  • Be able to handle with uncertainties.
  • Be a good organizer.
  • Be a more or less a specialist in the environment and content of the project.

If you do well in most of the above points, you should be able to manage a project quit well. Nevertheless you should always try to improve in area’s you might be less good at.

Basic quality of a project manager

We talked about the basics of a good project manager. But what makes a great manager compared to average or just a good manager, is the feeling you develop for handling all the subject of project management the right way. Great management often shows when a project manager has great eye for the task and results of the project, but also for the development and individual needs and goals of the project team and others involved with the project. Success can be a creation, and your project should generate positive energy from those involved, which helps the flow, results and the eventual success of a project.

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