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Being a project manager is a lot more that simply giving out orders. It takes skills and patience that only certain people have. If you’re becoming a project manager, or have recently taken on a project, here’s some tips on how you can do it to the best of your ability.
1. Be part of the team
When managing a team, you need to work on different projects with them. If you become a team player, you will also be asking for help when you need it. Let your team know when you find a fundamental problem instead of waiting for the issue to get bigger and bigger. Learning from each other is key and if you work with your team, you will be able to achieve anything.
If you are not listening, you are not learning. Learn from your team’s strengths and weaknesses so that you can manage their work around what they want. If you listen and take action, more people will help you from the project’s beginning and end. The more you listen, the more success you will have, so open your ears, and you’ll be on the way to a promotion. Happy employer.
3. Know your industry
Understanding the industry is a massive bonus when managing a team. Your team needs to know information about how the market works and what goals your company are aiming for. If you know this knowledge, share it with them and let your team understand the main objectives of your project.
4. Get Certified!
If you gain a project management certificate such as a PRINCE2® training certificate, you will be recognised by companies worldwide. Gaining a project management certification also helps you to enhance your career prospects and manage bigger teams. Taking any course, and there are many out there, will give you the confidence to manage your team successfully. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a crucial component of modern business strategy.
5. Respect Your Team
Last but certainly not least, you need to make sure that you treat your team with some respect, be nice to them and be honest with them. If you don’t respect them, they will not work for you. You are all working on the project together, so you’ll also need to respect each other.
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Bethany Pembrook is a Freelance writer living and working in London. She writes about everything from fashion & beauty to business & lifestyle. Follow Bethany on Twitter @BethanyPembrook