Holding the position of construction project manager is not enough to guarantee the success of a project. Great project managers utilize all sorts of skills to ensure a project’s success and high return on investment but here are 5 of the most important skills that a project manager should possess in order to be successful:
1. Powerful communication skills
Communication lies at the heart of nearly every activity but it is especially important when it comes to construction projects. Without communication, skilled workers would be unable to perform to the best of their abilities and a project’s progress could be completely derailed. A successful project manager can effectively use e-mail, meetings, status reports and software to communicate their ideas, get decisions made and resolve issues. They also understand that it’s necessary to tailor their project discussions in a way that is informative and understandable to whichever audience they’re addressing.
2. Ability to delegate tasks
Usually, construction projects are not single person tasks, so project managers must understand the importance of teamwork and be able to delegate tasks to skilled workers throughout a projects timeline. If a project manager refuses to trust those who work under them and tries to oversee every detail of the construction project, they are setting themselves up for failure. The best project managers delegate and then back off to allow other members of the team to do their tasks, while still remaining approachable for when issues arise.
3. Organizational skills
It is common for discrepancies in available versus needed resources to arise, which requires project managers to frequently reassess the current project status and prioritize tasks appropriately throughout a project. A great project manager stays organized and tries not to be too analytical, focusing on getting work done with the resources available to them.
4. Problem solving skills
While it would be nice to believe that nothing will go wrong throughout a project, it’s best to plan for the unknown. Although it’s impossible to predict every worst case scenario, project managers need to be able to adapt and keep a project going even when issues arise. Problem solving skills are especially crucial when an evaluation of progress results in changes to project deadlines.
5. Action oriented
A successful project manager needs to have the ability to focus on the goals and the big picture of a project, without getting distracted by little details or discouraged by problems that inevitably occur. There can be no avoidance or procrastination when it comes to unpleasant parts of the project. An effective project manager must keep breaking down large goals into smaller, more manageable parts and stay driven by results.