Sanders Wallis is the Director of New Business Development at Wallis Printing Company, which means he is regularly put in charge of projects, particularly those related to the creation of marketing materials. He believes that all great project managers have a particular skillset that makes then suitable for the job and points to the following traits as being absolutely essential.
A Good Listener
As a project manager you need to be able to communicate instructions to your team as needed, but it is also important that you are able to listen when needed. Team members will want to speak to their manager when issues arise or they have ideas that may help the project to run smoother, so make sure to offer them the opportunity to do so on a regular basis. This can be done by holding weekly team meetings and operating an open door policy for team members who need to talk.
Morale is vital when working on any project, as low morale may lead to a drop in productivity, which has a direct effect on the quality of your team’s work and how quickly they can deliver. As a project manager, you need to understand that your own attitude will often have a part to play in the attitude of the rest of your team members. If you approach tasks from a negative standpoint, you are going to find it much more difficult to maintain your team’s morale and keep them enthused at all times.
Sanders Wallis points out that project managers are meant to understand everything about the project and their company, so you need to make sure you offer this knowledge to your team members. If you don’t you may find that they struggle to respect you, which can have an effect on productivity.