5 Professional Goals for Project Managers

Adriana Girdler

Examples of goals to level up your project management career As a project manager, it’s important to constantly set new goals for yourself so that …

Examples of goals to level up your project management career

As a project manager, it’s important to constantly set new goals for yourself so that you can continuously improve.

When you focus on improvement, you become a better project manager, with lots of new opportunities.

Let’s talk about 5 professional goals you need to focus on as a project manager.

1. Improve your emotional intelligence

Emotional intelligence is about awareness of your own emotions and the emotions of others. Improving your emotional intelligence is a critical goal for any project manager because it’s really tied to having good communication skills.

Practice using your intuition and combining that with active listening to really understand what’s going on in every meeting and situation that you’re in.

Plus, pay attention to body language and non-verbal cues as a form of absorbing and understanding information about what’s happening around you.

When you can improve your emotional intelligence skills, you’ll really be set up for success as a project manager.

2. Develop your technical skills

I know you’re busy as a project manager, but it’s important to understand what’s happening technologically in the current day.

You don’t have to be an expert, but you do need to have some understanding.

What is out there that you need to learn from a technical standpoint? This will be slightly different for everyone, but it’s important to focus on.

Yes, you have your subject matter experts who know what they’re doing, but you need to have a high level view so you can effectively manage that project.

So, take note of where you have knowledge gaps from a technical standpoint and then determine what would be helpful to learn based on the industries that you work with.

More goals for project managers

There are some other skills I want to highlight that are important for you to focus on as a project manager. I made a YouTube video outlining all that for you!

Head over to YouTube with me and we’ll finish chatting there.

If you want more step-by-step guides on all things project management, check out my SLAY Project Management online course where I take you through all the steps of successfully managing a project – including documentation – from start to close. You’ll get every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to use them.

 Adriana Girdler, PMP | Creator of Slay Project Management

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

She also holds both PMP (project management professional) and CET (certified engineering technologist) designations. She’s a Tedx speaker, as well as a HuffPost and Thrive Global contributor. She has been interviewed on Global, CBC, CTV, CHCH, 680News Radio, Newstalk 1010, Sirius XM and published in the Globe and Mail and numerous industry magazines. WANT ADRIANA'S FREE ONLINE TRAINING? In 45 min, learn Adriana's 5 project management secrets she use on EVERY project. Sign up for the Free Webinar here: THE FAB FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT

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