In our fifth and final part of The Rock Star Project Manager Series, we discuss a topic that may seem like a no-brainer. But it can be the difference between a team who stands confidently behind you with a similar vision and mission, and a team that has doubts about your leadership. A rockstar project manager needs to be competent in their role, and this means much more than knowing the skills and procedures of a business. Here are five traits of a competent leader that can lead their organization to success:
They Ask Questions
Being competent doesn’t mean you have all of the answers. It means being aware that there is always something to learn and valuing the input of others. As a project manager, chances are you are confident in the skills and practices required to complete a specific task, and might even be the more proficient person on the team in a particular field. However, a competent manager is continuously thinking of ways to work better and more efficiently, which is why they keep asking questions. Even if it’s just seeking the opinions or feedback of the team, asking questions allows project managers to understand all aspects of the work at hand completely.
They Communicate Clearly
We’ve discussed the importance of effective communication and its significance in a productive work environment, but it can’t be said enough: knowing how to talk to people and articulate your expectations is critical in being competent. You have to find a way to communicate your expectations to your team in a way that encourages them. You have to make sure they have a solid understanding of their roles and responsibilities. Empathy, grace, and patience will all help your team see you as a trustworthy leader. You can know what needs to be done until you’re blue in the face, but if you can’t relay that to your team, you’re stuck.
Sometimes it can be easier to do a task than teach someone to do it. Actually, it’s almost always faster to do it yourself. However, jumping in and completing a task instead of teaching may save you time now, but can backfire in the long run. When you take the time to teach your employees a task or procedure, you’re showing them that you have confidence in them. You’re giving them the skills they need to be successful for the moments when you’re not right there to do it for them. A competent leader knows the information well enough to teach it to someone who has never done it before. If you can’t teach it, you may not understand it as well as you think.
They Are Open To Risks
Competent project managers are confident in their knowledge and skills and are open to change. They’re free to try new things that could benefit the organization. They don’t mind stepping outside of the box, getting creative and being innovative.
They Value Diversity
Competent project managers understand that it takes the strengths of many different people to make a project successful. They are open to the creative ideas and different insights of everyone on their team. They dismiss the idea that there is only one right way to do things. They know that a diverse group of people can come together to combine their experiences, knowledge, and skills to bring a project to completion.
A competent project manager is not someone who knows it all. They’re not always the one who’s been in the company the longest or has the most credentials. A rock star project manager is considered competent when they can lead a team of individuals to share the same mission and goals. Project managers that can encourage their team to work together towards a common purpose, and who can give the team the proper information and resources to be successful is the key to the growth of a small business.