What Makes A Good Project Manager?

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What Makes A Good Project Manager?

By Dan Morrill

What is a good project manager? The definition of a good project manager from a bad project manager is subjective, but there are some highly effective traits of good project managers that can be captured. It is not about filling in financial statements, it is about having a passion for what you are doing, and productivity, supporting a team in what can be very harsh corporate environments.

Deborah Bigelow, PMP in the expert series points out two definitions for good project management.

• Love of their work and embracing the challenges

• Clear vision and communicating this vision

• Strong team building skillsand setting positive tones

• Structure and alignmentcreating the environment and direction

• Strong interpersonal skillslistening to and leading their

• Disciplinecompleting each phase of the project properly

• Communication skillsknowing when and to whom to communicate

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Frank Toney also has a list of traits that make a good project manager.

• are recognized by stakeholders as the single most important factor in project

• goal achievement

• are truthful in all dealings and relationships

• exhibit eagerness to organize and lead groups

• exhibit evidence of a strong desire for goal achievement

• are even-tempered

• have faith that the future will have a positive outcome

• have confidence their personal performance will result in a positive outcome

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About the Author:
Dan Morrill has been in the information security field for 18 years, both civilian and military, and is currently working on his Doctor of Management. Dan shares his insights on the important security issues of today through his blog, Managing Intellectual Property & IT Security, and is an active participant in the ITtoolbox blogging community.

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