In this lesson we'll cover leadership and motivation. Each project manager might have different styles by which they lead a project team and motivate team members to complete the work. This lesson will cover:
Some leadership styles are more effective in a team environment than others. Experienced project managers learn to vary their styles based on the situation or the group.
Keys to becoming a strong leader and motivating teams:
Part of the role of being a project manager is motivating team members. Often, this is the result of clear and appropriate communication methods.
Project managers should provide consistent reinforcement and encouragement to team members. When people are focused upon their work, they may not stop to recognize other's contribution. It's critical for the project manager to provide praise for a job well done.
The basis of motivation is encouragement. The project manager should find opportunities to provide compliments. Regular meetings are excellent times to recognize an individual’s work.
One-on-one meetings are perfect openings for more detailed feedback to a team member. Dropping by a team member’s office to commend performance can go a long way to provide motivation.
Project managers should also keep team members aware of issues that might impact their work. Especially if there are large changes to the project.
In fact, when project documents need modification, the project manager should make a list of elements that were changed. The project manager should plan times to discuss the change(s) with them.
Finally, the project manager should be open and honest with the team. The team needs to trust the project manager in order for the project manager to develop trust in the team.
This tutorial discussed how leadership involves leveraging team capabilities and creating a safe environment for feedback. In order to keep a team motivated, a project manager must be open and honest to gain the trust of the team.
Source: This work is adapted by sophia author jeff carroll.
Approaches used to effectively manage individuals and teams.
Actions that provide energy, focus, and engagement to project team members.