Thursday, February 23, 2017

Attributes of Successful Project Managers

Detroit resident Odis Jones oversees operations at MVP Capital Ventures as a managing partner. Specializing in real estate, P3 transactions, and public-private relationships, he relies on his background in urban development and public finance to help guide the Detroit-based company. 

During the course of his career, Odis Jones has gained experience in such areas as budget management and project oversight. The project manager plays an integral part in the overall success of a project, but not every person makes a competent project manager. Below are three qualities that successful project managers share:

1. Leadership ability: Good project managers have a natural ability to lead. They are capable of gaining the confidence of their sponsors and stakeholders and motivating their teams despite not always working directly above them. Further, they can task their various team members with responsibilities instead of micromanaging.

2. Empathy: Empathetic managers are able to understand the different things that motivate both their team and stakeholders. On a day-to-day basis, team members and stakeholders experience different emotions. Project managers who are empathetic understand and accept these emotions and are capable of navigating around them.

3. Positivity: Every project manager experiences some less-than-desirable situations while on the job. However, focusing on the negatives drags down a team. Good project managers praise good work and show appreciation. Rather than focusing on a problem, they start looking for a solution.