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What Makes a Great Project Manager?

project managerWhat exactly is “project management”? According to the Project Management Institute (PMI), the world’s leading project management organization with over 450,000 global members, project management is defined as “the application of knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to project activities to meet the project requirements.”

Great! So what’s the definition of a project? PMI says a project is “a temporary endeavor undertaken to create a unique product, service or result.” Got it. So in the professional realm, what do you call a person who takes on these said projects? That would be a project manager.

Project managers are found in companies and organization both big and small, across numerous industries – from construction and manufacturing to IT and healthcare. The role of a project manager (PM) is to oversee various aspects of a project from start to finish. This typically includes planning, resource management, staff, finances, schedules and the like.

Obviously, there are many balls that PM’s need to juggle – and juggle well. Here are some of the most common traits of awesome project managers, as highlighted in “How to Be a Better Project Manager: 81 Tips from PM Experts”.

  1. They facilitate effective communication.
  2. They’re detail-oriented.
  3. They establish clear action items.
  4. They manage time well.
  5. They’re good at delegating.
  6. They manage expectations.
  7. They keep a close eye on schedules and budgets.
  8. They’re relationship builders.
  9. They keep their cool.
  10. They’re team players.
  11. They keep projects within scope.
  12. They encourage team collaboration.
  13. They’re more proactive, less reactive.
  14. They know their teams’ strengths and weaknesses.
  15. They leverage PM software tools.
  16. They can take criticism.
  17. They’re good listeners.
  18. They empower others.
  19. They effectively work with both internal and external teams.
  20. They take time after a project to assess results and areas for improvement.

Think you have what it takes to be a great project manager? Contact our team and we’ll get you on the way to a successful job search. And if you’re a CT employer looking to fill a project manager position, submit our online Request an Employee form.