Guest Post by Pam Stanton
I’m pleased to bring to you a guest a post by Pam Stanton, Author of The Project Whisperer: Understanding The Human Part of The Gantt Chart (Volume 1). Pam is also the webhost for “PDU for Lunch”, which features special guests from the world of leadership and project management. I’ve recently had the honor of being on her show discussing “What does Industrial Psychology Have To Do With Project Management“. Click on the title to launch and let me know what you think. Enjoy!
The title “Project Manager” is such a misnomer. If only it were that “easy”. Just conduct or supervise the activities of a team, and deliver the project. Sounds easy!
Well, looking back on my 20+ years at this pursuit let me tell you what’s so hard about that. There’s very little “managing” involved. It’s all about leadership.
Project Management involves leading people of diverse backgrounds, agendas, objectives, and personalities to a common end-point. It’s one of the few positions in an organization where someone relatively junior can be entrusted with the time and livelihood of his/her colleagues. In addition to impacting the bottom-line, reputations and careers may also be on the line.
We do ourselves a disservice with the title of “Manager” and downplay the essential qualities of the role. Not only must we master the core processes and tools of methodology that unite us as a discipline, but we must also excel at the “soft skills”—those seemingly elusive traits that make one a great leader.
Project Leadership is as much art as science, although there’s a lot of science involved. Studies on Emotional Intelligence have proven that even those “soft skills” can be identified and learned. So let’s take a look at three important qualities that make a truly great Project Leader.
About the Author
is an author, speaker, and consultant with 20+ years of project leadership experience. She specializes in the impact of group dynamics on project outcomes– or as she puts it, “The Human Part of the Gantt Chart.”
Her recent book The Project Whisperer: Understanding The Human Part of The Gantt Chart (Volume 1) chronicles two decades of insight into the human element of project success.
Pam was born and raised in New Jersey, USA, and graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology. Her career includes leadership roles at Johnson & Johnson, Integrated Computer Management, MARC Inc., Prudential Insurance, and United Way. As a consultant, she has also worked in dozens of other business environments. For more information and helpful resources, visit her website PamStanton.com