PMs are often very good at getting things done by themselves. Which can keep them from their real mission: removing obstacles and letting their teams take the spotlight.
What distinguishes a great project manager from a good one?
A good project manager is the whole package. They show strong leadership to both the project team and the larger stakeholder groups. They have high emotional intelligence (EQ), and are effective communicators. They bring an extensive toolbox gained through their experience with a wide variety of projects. The good project manager is confident but humble, and makes use of their network as a sounding board.
But how to go from good to great? In our experience, this requires holding two objectives above everything else:
- Being a servant not a hero by elevating the team’s talents over their own.
- Prioritizing the avoidance of setbacks, but dealing with them swiftly when they occur.
Although at face value these are obvious objectives, they’re often neglected. Let’s take a closer look at why they’re so critical.