What makes a great Project Manager?

By: Catherine English, Resourcer at Futureheads Recruitment

Since my six months on the Project Management team here at Futureheads, I’ve learnt that it’s hard to define exactly what makes a ‘great’ Project Manager. Of course, a good Project Manager is someone who can consistently deliver, on time and within budget, projects that meet stakeholder’s expectations. But what makes a good Project Manager ‘great’ is that they are able to understand that leadership and people skills are even more important than methodology and project management tools.

Here are some key skills that great Project Managers have:

- They have excellent communication skills

Being able to communicate clearly and effectively when managing any project is a skill that is absolutely essential. As a project manager, communicating with different types of stakeholders can be difficult sometimes. Getting to know the people that you work with and understanding how they work is important when trying to motivate a team. Successful project managers use e-mail, meetings and status reports to communicate their ideas, get decisions made and resolve problems.

- They are able to effectively manage expectations

One of the most difficult things a Project Manager has to do as part of their role is to set and manage expectations. Every project’s expectations should be set by a well-written scope of work.

- They know how to solve problems

The project manager should be resourceful and creative when faced with problems and focus on identifying the fastest and most effective way to resolve them.

- They are able to stay cool and collected under pressure

Project managers must be able to cope well with stress and pressure when dealing with the obstacles they are likely to be faced with within their role. When problems occur, budgets are not met, or team members are struggling, the project manager must remain cool and calm at all times.

- They are enthusiastic

Project managers must be enthusiastic as this helps obtain better results for their projects and acts as a dynamic motivator to persistently working towards a goal. Positive people naturally draw others toward them and this positivity and enthusiasm can be good for team morale.

If you would like to hear more about what makes a project manager great, or how Futureheads could help you find your next role in digital, please get in touch at catherine@wearefutureheads.co.uk!

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