5 qualities of a successful Project Manager

Thursday, 31st March 2016

5 qualities of a successful Project Manager

A project manager can be the difference between a successful project and a failure. They’re responsible for making sure that every detail runs to plan, so your project is completed on time and within budget. If you’re thinking of hiring a project manager for your business, make sure they have these five qualities.

1. Leadership Skills

Project managers interact with people at all levels of an organisation, so they need strong leadership skills to make sure other people stay motivated and inspired to achieve their goals. The most successful project managers are well-respected by their colleagues and know how to delegate tasks, so the project stays on time and within budget.

While great project managers rely on others to be successful, they also understand how to get the most out of a team. They’ll mentor and manage teams to improve collaboration and drive efficiency at every stage of the project.

2. Communication Skills

Your project manager should have excellent communication skills and understand the best way to talk to different teams and stakeholder groups, so they understand their responsibilities and see how they contribute to the overall objectives of the project.

They should actively listen to your feedback and involve you at every stage of the decision-making process. A great project manager will schedule regular meetings and communicate clearly via a range of communication methods, to avoid miscommunication and reduce any risks to the project. If any problems do occur, they should resolve them quickly and efficiently, by liaising with the right people to get things back on track.

3. Problem-Solving Skills

Successful project managers have the foresight to anticipate problems long before they occur. They not only resolve any issues that may arise during the project, but also educate their teams and give them the tools they need to solve problems along the way.

Strong negotiation and conflict resolution skills are also important in a project manager. Projects often have a number of people with different personalities involved, so getting buy in from different groups and making sure everyone is on the same page is essential. The best project managers are creative thinkers, who are able to see many sides to an argument and work out a solution that is in the best interests of your project.

4. Organisational Skills

Strong time management and the ability to meet deadlines is perhaps one of the most important skills a project manager needs to lead a successful project. Small delays to one aspect of your project can soon lead to significant delays to many other parts, which can impact your bottom line and dramatically affect your business performance.

To ensure that everything runs on schedule, your project manager should be adept at delegating tasks to the most appropriate team member and continually monitoring the overall progress of the project. Organisational skills aren’t just about looking at the bigger picture—your project manager should also have an eye for detail and prioritise tasks to make sure the objectives of the project are achieved.

5. Experience

It’s not enough to have a project manager with a generic skill-set. Experience in a specific industry means they can take lessons learned from previous projects and apply them to your business. Successful project managers understand the intricacies of their industry and know how to avoid common pitfalls. They also leverage the networks they’ve built over the years, to get you the highest-quality result in the most cost-effective way.

The Axiom Projects Approach

Our project managers are highly-experienced and have completed projects for Australian companies of all sizes, across a range of industries. Their in-depth knowledge of workplace design and strategy means you can be confident that your project will be completed successfully, with a minimum of fuss.

Your Axiom Projects project manager will oversee every aspect of your project, including:

  • consultancy management
  • budgeting and cost management
  • design management
  • authority liaison and approvals
  • tender management
  • contractor selection and engagement
  • construction management
  • risk management
  • quality management
  • project reporting
  • commissioning and delivery.

They work closely with our design and technical teams, from the early stages of the project until completion. Having an internal team of experienced project managers means we stay in control of costs and performance, to help you realise your workplace vision. We also provide you with a login to our unique client portal, so you can access unlimited progress updates and enjoy full transparency from Axiom Projects.

Looking for a successful project manager to lead your workplace design and strategy? Get in touch with our team to find out more.