As a project manager, you are certainly expected to organize and follow through on a wide variety of tasks. This being a part of your project management leadership skills. People come to you every five minutes with questions, problems and probably a little whining sprinkled in.
So when you are putting in all that overtime, most of which you are probably not even getting paid for, how do you regroup and focus on being a leader? Never underestimate the power of good project management leadership skills.
Sure, you can be a manager without being a strong leader. We have all probably encountered management in our careers that couldn’t lead you to the cafeteria, let alone lead a team to victory.
They could meet budgets and certainly give you direction, whether you needed it or not, but they could not motivate nor inspire you to be your best. It works both ways. Leaders can be very influential, yet possess no plan or sense of direction towards a goal.
Project management leadership skills bring both areas together for efficacious solutions. Combining the results-oriented skills of a manager with the inspirational voice of a leader is sure to bring success to the team, the project and, ultimately, you.
“People ask the difference between a leader and a boss. The leader works in the open, and the boss in covert. The leader leads, and the boss drives.”
- Theodore Roosevelt
Seek inspiration from others. There are many historical leaders who continue leading through memoirs and stories. There is no magical secret to project management leadership skills. If you have the desire to lead, you can do it. Educate yourself and practice. You have nothing to lose and so much to gain!
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