It is the responsibility of a project manager to lead a project successfully in an efficient way. He needs to be a leader and synchronize the working of his team yielding in a regular result-oriented outcome on a long-term basis. Since he is the project planner and the project heavily relies on him, it is his responsibility to ensure that his team do not make any mistake or make one and overlook it. However, there are some sins that a project manager should never ever commit. Read on to know what they are.
Identifying the Sins
Listed here are some habits that are nothing less than sins, which should be possessed by no project manager:
- Bad Attitude:
Arrogance and complacence are two qualities that should not be a part of any project manager’s system. Although they are very important attributes of a project manager, but that does not mean that he develops a bad attitude that could be interpreted as being superior to others or being more knowledgeable than the team members. One of the most important traits of a good leader is humility and ability to earn the trust and respect of his team. Even your team members won’t respect and support you if you possess a bad attitude.
- Being Disorganized:
A project manager has to plan and implement the processes of any project. This offers transparency and structure to the project, thus helping in adherence to the timelines, vis-à-vis ensuring smooth operation. Hence, the manager cannot afford to be himself disorganized, as it may build up stress within the team and negatively affect the overall progress of the project. First and foremost, the manager himself has to be organized. Rather than asking for the same details every now and then, he should note it down for future reference. Otherwise the team gets frustrated, thus resulting in a dip in the performance.
- Poor Communication Skills and Indecisiveness:
Communication is the key. A project manager should encourage open communication within the team and the stakeholders. The lack of information flow leads to wide gaps in the structure of the project. He should have sound decision-making ability. Being indecisive reflects poorly on him and the team. He should take good decisions, no matter however adverse a situation may be; and then in case of any unforeseen exigencies, he should take ownership of his decisions as well.
- Overlooking Professional Ethic:
Ethics are important for everything one does. There will be a remarkable difference between the teams who are led by a leader who values ethical behaviour and strong character over another who doesn’t. It will set a working example for the team, who wil be inspired to follow the same, thus reflecting in how the project is being directed. Overlooking ethics will render the project to get corrupted, create an unfavourable environment and even lead to unfortunate instances in the near future.
Executing a project based on a set of assumptions is a sure-shot way for a downfall. Few of the assumptions which lead to the eventual downfall of a project are listed below:
- The team members are well briefed about their respective roles.
- The project won’t come across any unforeseen obstacles.
- Information sharing with the team will always be optimal.
- The team will always work properly, as a cohesive unit, adhering to the guidelines.
- The project will meet the deadline irrespective of the numerous glitches.
However, this is not an exhaustive list. Assumption leads to many unpleasant results, which is why it is a sin that has to be totally eliminated.
In case a project manager does not trust his team members at each and every stage of the project, it will eventually create rifts within the team. The managers need to trust his team and demonstrate integrity, while at the same time, be wise enough to expect the same from the team. If the manager is always questioning the judgement of the team members, not believing in them, doubting their efficiency in following the plans and doubting the optimum utilization by his teammates of their skills and resources, and most importantly, not supporting them by being a pillar of strength will eventually result in the team going against him or being replaced by a better manager who has the trust and confidence of his team riding on him.
- Being a Better Leader:
In addition to delivering desired results on a timely basis, a good leader is also accountable for being able to hold a team together, leading them well and maintaining harmony at work while setting a great example. If he falls prey any of the above-mentioned sins, it won’t be long when the team and the project are compromised.