You don’t become a great project manager by learning how to plan and schedule projects.
You don’t become a great project manager by learning how to measure progress of tasks and crack the whip on the teams when they don’t.
You don’t become a great project manager by learning how to schedule meetings and workshops, and invite the right participants.
You hone your craft as a project manager by learning about people.
The different packages they come in.
Their core values.
You learn about human beings, what’s important to them.
The late Steven Covey said, “Seek first to understand, and then be understood.”
This is so true.
Without understanding your team, and the people around you, how are you going to get them on board with your mission?
Ruling by whip and sticks will only get you so far, and the effort halts the moment your back is turned.
Lead with compassion and empathy, and your team will go above and beyond, time and time again.