5 Great Lessons on Leadership in Project Management

Learn to be a listener
Ever wanted to know what your personnel are thinking? That may seem like a steep task, but as Forbes’ Gideon Kimbrell wrote, it’s as easy as opening your ears to what your staff are really saying. Reaching out to individuals and making time to speak with each member of the team is essential for allowing employees to perform to their best strengths while addressing collaborative weaknesses. By improving listening skills, project managers can enhance the effectiveness of their teams. At the same time, projecting the message that you’re willing to listen will make team members more willing to talk in the first place about what’s bothering them or keeping them from being as effective as they feel they could be otherwise.
Enhance meeting minutes
Apart from just knowing what makes each person tick and understanding what’s on every individual’s mind is one thing, but people need to be able to work together as a team. Meetings are the best way to engineer times and places for everyone to touch base, but if these sessions aren’t run properly, they could be totally pointless parts of each staff member’s day.
Chad Brooks wrote for Business News Daily that running a tight ship during a team meeting is the best way to cover all the bases. Be sure to come in to every session with a flexible schedule and take the concerns and insights from individual talks into account. That way, grievances can all be aired and success identified without skipping over anyone’s opinion. This also encourages employees to be more communicative in general.
Take your time
Brooks added in the Business News Daily article that it’s important for project managers to hurry up and take their time, ostensibly. Instead of rushing through meetings, creating short touch-base opportunities or hurrying to complete every element of a project ahead of schedule, it’s necessary for effective team building and management for leaders to take their time with things.
It’s important to remain flexible and reachable. Brooks stated that leaders don’t own every element of the project, though they are responsible for the overall successful execution of these plans. At the same time, it’s necessary for people to take their time and make sure things are being done properly, as well as double-checking for quality on a regular basis.
Be more lenient
Talking to staff members on a regular basis and offering periods of time for review helps employees feel more at ease. Failure is often encountered during project management life-cycle, and leaders need to understand that not every member of a team will be able to perform to the same standard or comprehend all the tasks they have to complete on the first pass.
That’s why it’s important to be more lenient with staff during the life-cycle of a project. Instead of demanding perfection in every aspect of each task, leaders need to remember to remain flexible and communicate with every worker about how they’re progressing.
Honesty is key
A genuine interaction one time is worth 10 insincere communications. Kimbrell wrote for Forbes that hypocrisy in leadership can be significantly detrimental, so remaining true to your word and standing by your beliefs is key to maintaining a tight ship. While being lenient and communicative helps keep people on the same page and working with positive attitudes, it’s necessary to balance these elements with honest feedback. This will help staff improve their performances, so long as they’re handled properly.
By: James Tauzie.