Requirements for leadership

At the recent PM Forum in Hannover, Germany, I attended a presentation on how to recognise a successful project manager. The presenter finished by recommending that whoever didn’t meet the profile identified by his research should think seriously about geting another job. Instead, I thought about my own list of characteristics that a successful project manager or other leader might need. I’ve reduced to the minimum and come up with three:

  1. the ability to reflect is essential to sift through and learn from experience, both what is working well and what could be improved.
  2. willingness to learn new approaches and methods, in order to expand and improve one’s leadership repertoire, and
  3. make a decision to take responsibility for what one does or neglects to do.

Any additions to or deletions from this short list?

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