Three essential traits of great leaders

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 By Jack Nevison

Being a project manager means that you will have people looking to you for answers every day. As a leader, your actions and attitudes will greatly affect the work lives of those around you. A lack of knowledge and experience with this role can be overwhelming for neophyte PMs, and learning what works and what doesn't by trial and error is slow and inefficient. To help you avoid potentially costly beginner's mistakes, identified some of the essential traits of great leadership.

  • Recognize personal weaknesses. Through experience, project managers learn their own personal strengths and the tasks they are best suited for. Unfortunately, many professionals new to leadership roles tend to ignore their weaknesses. This can result in a PM taking on tasks that would have been better delegated to someone with the right skills.
  • Be a leader others want to followDoug Moran, author of If You Will Lead: Enduring Wisdom for 21st Century Leaders, told that "Leadership isn't about position or titles. True leaders are the people others choose to follow." You can inspire confidence and respect from your team by being as dedicated and passionate about the little things as you are about major issues. This level of commitment inspires employees, and confirms that their work is significant and appreciated. 
  • Acknowledge both success and shortcomings. In order to build a positive office culture and inspire workers to do their best, your employees need honest, constructive feedback. Recognize employees for stellar work, but also address shortcomings and discuss how you believe their work could be improved. 

At New Leaf Project Management, we provide convenient and affordable ways to work on the skills you need for your workplace. In addition, our project management training programs, free white papers and QPM games let you learn while you earn PDUs toward your PMP recertification.

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