Good vs. Bad Project Manager Characteristics

Adriana Girdler

Are you a good project manager, or are there skills you need to work on? Find out here! Have you ever wondered what project manager …

Are you a good project manager, or are there skills you need to work on? Find out here!

Have you ever wondered what project manager characteristics makes a good project manager versus a bad one?

Let’s talk about some characteristics that you can analyze in yourself or any project manager to see where they’re at!

Good Characteristic #1: Continuous Improvement

This is so important because as you progress in your project management journey, you do not want to repeat the same mistakes over and over again!

Instead, it’s important to always be learning from past projects so that you’re not making the same mistakes repeatedly but expecting a different result.

Bad Characteristic #1: Poor Time Management

If you’re not good with time management, this is definitely a skill you’ll want to focus on improving because being a successful project manager is all about managing time and learning how to plan it out.

Good characteristic #2: Integrity and Trustworthiness

As a project manager, you’re in charge of ensuring that your team has everything they need at their fingertips to successfully execute their tasks.

When your team is successful, the project is successful. And when the project is successful, you’re successful! But you can’t be successful without your team.

Now, how does this relate to integrity and trustworthiness?

Playing games really gets you nowhere. It’s important as a project manager to have integrity with your team members, be clear about what you expect, be honest and transparent. Don’t hide it when things aren’t going well, and don’t point fingers.

Other bad and good characteristics

These aren’t the only characteristics you need to pay attention to. Whether you’re a project manager looking to improve, or a team member on a project looking to find out what you ought to expect from your project manager, it’s important that you learn more about this.

I created a YouTube video that goes more in-depth on all these project manager characteristics. So, head over to YouTube with me and let’s keep chatting about it there.

Meanwhile, if you really are committed to mastering your next project, do consider taking my SLAY Project Management online course where I show you step-by-step how to successfully manage a project, plus you get access to every template you will need, along with detailed video instructions on how to fill them out.


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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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