How do I improve my leadership skills?

Friday, August 2nd, 2013 By Jack Nevison

As a project manager, you must be a leader. You are responsible for your team and its goals. You will supervise team members to make sure that they understand the tasks at hand, do their jobs and work well with the rest of the team.

In addition to focusing on worker productivity, you will also consider cost-effectiveness. Since you'll be in charge of allocating resources, you will need to have a deep understanding of the project requirements to make the right decisions. To be successful, you must be able to communicate effectively with your team.

So how do you improve as a leader? A post on Project Accelerator has some suggestions.

First, examine your style of leadership. Are you hands-on? Hands-off? How well do you delegate authority? Even more importantly, how do you handle advice from your subordinates? Project managers must understand their strengths and weaknesses so they know where to focus their efforts.

Second, ask yourself if you are creative. This is more important that it might seem. Project managers need to think outside the box. When confronted with an unexpected project challenge, you may need to come up with an unconventional plan of action. Being creative will also encourage your team to think creatively as well.

Finally, are you willing to continually improve? The skills mentioned here have no end point. Project managers can only commit to become aware of their shortcomings and work to strengthen them.

New Leaf Project Management recognizes this, and offers its QPM series of games, allowing project managers to hone their skills while earning PDUs for PMP recertification.

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