“Every man who takes office in Washington either grows or swells, and when I give a man office, I watch him carefully to see whether he is growing or swelling.” Woodrow Wilson
There are leadership qualities you should be aware of and practice to be a successful project manager. Leadership is not only for those in the executive, higher management and supervisory positions, or entrepreneurs. It cuts across every level of the organization. Leadership is about being accountable, taking charge of an assignment, helping others to succeed, having the right attitude and commitment to go above and beyond the call of duty. Leadership discipline contributes significantly to becoming and sustaining a performing organization.
As a leader or project manager, your role is to simplify things (such as vision, mission, scope, and deliverables) to a point where every responsible party can clearly understand his/her assignments and commit to deliver them. You should be proactive in discovering issues and risks, with help from all reliable sources. Help the team by ensuring or creating a clear path from the goal setting to result, remove obstacles to performance and set the team members up for success.
A leader is not threatened by strong characters, but open to and tolerant of diverse opinions. A leader encourages, believes and promotes healthy and open debates, promotes and celebrates service excellence. A leader is like the conductor of an orchestra. He/she makes no sound or plays no instrument, but his/her actions facilitate the delivery of a masterpiece musical show by the team of talented musical instruments’ handlers. The leader’s actions usually match the outcome.