Running Project Management workshops, I turn a few heads by suggesting additional skill sets for Project Managers.
Negotiations, Public Speaking and Sales usually don’t show up as required skills for Project Managers. They should.
Consider this: Project Leaders have to deal with conflict – in the team and with the stakeholder community. It’s to be expected. Bright people have various ways of communicating with others and, since that means you, it means you need to be ready to take on the role of peacemaker.
Conflict resolution is negotiation. Getting people to agree to a way forward is negotiation. And, let’s face it, you know how important it is to ensure a project stays on track.
The bottom line is this: Enhancing your team’s skill levels is a key part of being a strong leader. Adding negotiation to their array of skills is essential to their development as a team and your skill at managing.
Your team is the most valuable aspect of every project. Tapping into their growth potential is key to smoothing the bumps on the road to completion.
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