Soft Skills Vs Project Manager

by | Jun 27, 2016 | Project Management

Can we say many projects can be completed successfully with mere technical skills and without any soft skills?

We receive a big ‘No’ from the industry and institutions. The research discloses that many projects do fail due to the lack of essential soft skills.

Why?

The project manager should manage or meet his/her own team and stakeholders quiet often during the life cycle of any project. Managing people or project without effective people management skills may lead the project to failure. Project management is otherwise can also be called as applying effective people management skills + technical skills for project success. The project manager, throughout the project life cycle should handle various set of people who either directly or indirectly involved in supporting the mission.

Creating an emotional bond with the project often makes the project a very successful and also helps the organization / end users to reap the real benefits. I would say strongly that the project manager should focus more on creating that invisible connection, a powerful catalyst for making the project success.

Know your team…

If a project manager wants to build a high performance team, the first step is know the team members well. It is the responsibility of the project manager to acquire his core team and build it for performing.

Trust them to trust you…

Becoming a trustworthy leader for the members will not only help to influence the team but also to reach the goal on time with passion.

Listen to them to listen to you…

Listening by just allowing them to speak their ideas and concerns. Communications can be very effective during the meetings if this has been encouraged.

Involve them to inspire…

Unless and until we consult the team while decision making, we cannot ask them to own it up. Many plans can’t be completed without the involvement of team members. Actually, the team creates a plan with the guidance of project manager.

Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; and Working together is success – Henry Ford

Vittal G Panduranga, PMP,CTFL
A PMP® and ISTQB CTFL Certified Professional with over 13 years of experience in the BFSI Sector and having worked in leading organizations. Read More.

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