I get asked this question a lot, “Which skills are most important for a project manager to succeed?” In all honesty, job of a project manager is not an easy one, while he has no direct authority, he has a great amount of responsibility and a greater number of deliverables. A manager has direct control over his team but a project manager has none and yet, he is tasked with getting everyone to work together to deliver. It is a tough job and one thing is for sure, only people with experience under their belt should take on the role of a project manager.
Here are some skills that are must have for a project manager :
- Project planning in terms of resources, deliverables and schedule.
- Identifying risks ahead of time and communicating to the stakeholders.
- Ability to motivate the team and keep them focused on the tasks at hand.
- Ability to deal with different and sometimes conflicting personalities in the team.