The Best Leadership Skills for Project Managers

Adriana Girdler

All the skills you need to build to be a successful project manager! Really great project management is dependent on the project manager having great …

All the skills you need to build to be a successful project manager!

Really great project management is dependent on the project manager having great leadership skills.

It takes a great leader to bring a project, and a team, to a successful completion.

Almost everyone has had experience working for a bad leader. You’re probably thinking of one right now as you read this.

So, of course, you don’t want to be that person – no matter what project you’re running. Whether you’re in an official project manager role or not, you need to know all the best leadership skills required to bring any project to success!

So, what are those skills?

1. Share the Vision

All great leaders are visionaries, and it’s the same when it comes to being a project manager.

One of the most important things to do as a project manager is share the vision of the project. You need to help your team understand the answer to a few key questions:

  • What is everyone working towards on the project?
  • Why are you doing the project?
  • What is the purpose of it?

People need to understand the WHY. This is the hugest motivator on a project!

2. Know How to Delegate

A great leader knows how to delegate.

You can’t take on too much for yourself because it will lead to a lot of stress, burnout, and ultimately, failure on your project.

You’re not there to solve everything; you’re there to bring people together so that their subject expertise can help you solve everything!

You need to understand the strengths of each person on the team and delegate accordingly so that everyone has the right amount of work and the right type of work.

More Leadership Tips

There are a few more leadership tips that I want to talk to you about before you continue on your current project or start on your next one. Please meet me over on YouTube and we’ll spend a few more minutes chatting about this so you can be crystal clear on what you need to do!

And if you want even more project manager tips on every aspect of managing a successful project, make sure you check out my SLAY Project Management course where I give you all the templates, tips, and techniques to implement if you want a 100% project success rate going forward.


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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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