Posted on: October 6, 2017

Attributes of Great Project Managers

Attributes of Great Project Managers

Dr. Jeff Radcliffe

What makes a great project manager?

After years of managing projects and teaching project management, I am often asked to describe what attributes most successful project managers exhibit.  Although being certified in project management helps, it is often project experience that builds the foundation for a great project manager.  I have found that the best project managers are:

  • Professional.  Are first and foremost professional in their actions, and in how they interact with all project stakeholders.
  • In charge.  Share successes with the team, take responsibility for failures, and are not afraid to make decisions that affect the overall outcome of the project.
  • Honest and trustworthy. The customer and the project team trust them to make the right decisions.
  • Jack-of-all-trades.  Understand every aspect of the project, and successfully manage and integrate the different aspects towards successful project completion.
  • Problem solving.  Not afraid to confront problems and implement change through established formal processes.
  • Great Communicators.  The best project managers successfully communicate both vertically and horizontally across the project and with stakeholders.
  • Agile.  In this case, agile is not a methodology, but describes the ability of a project manager to be flexible to problems, changes, etc. that almost always occur during project execution.