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Your role as a project manager is to deliver a project. Your communications, influence, and careful use of authority all play a major factor in the support you receive to complete the project.
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Your Role as a Project Manager
Your role as a project manager is to deliver a project. However, it is the team, the sponsors, and other stakeholders that you must rely on. Your communications, influence, and careful use of authority all play a major factor in the support you receive to complete the project.
Project management styles
Whether you are grooming yourself for a career in project management or (caution: dramatic statement ahead) aggressive forces are thrusting you into the role, you have a lot of weight on your shoulders to deliver.
Before you can manage the project, it is important to decide how you will manage it. Over the years, I have worked with many people that have the formal title of project manager and their styles are all very different, as shown in the table below.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of all management styles. As a project manager, always remember you are managing a collaborative team of people to deliver something at the end of the project. Whatever that something is, it will require change and you will rely on your team to help you deliver successfully.
Steps to take in your role as a project manager
For you to be successful, the team must be successful. Take care to consider the unique culture of the team with which you are working with.
- As an influencer, you are motivating others to support your project. You will guide people to make informed decisions to provide you with resources, and motivate the team to work within limited budgets and timelines.
- If you are too authoritative on your project, you run the risk of losing the excitement and comradery that comes with team building. That is not to say you should put your tail between your legs. You will use that authority to bring a project back on track, fix team dynamics, award excellence, and drive process conformance.
- Take a thoughtful and considered approach in your role as a project manager, weighing when to press on with your authority and when to influence and negotiate for the team.
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