Revealed: 3 Major Roles of a Project Manager

Introduction to the roles of a Project Manager


As a Project Manager managing a new or an existing project, you have many things to contend with because all bucks stop on your table. Everyone is looking up to Project Managers to give direction to the Project. In this article, I want to talk about some of the roles that you are expected to play as the main man in the project execution.

Revealed: 3 Major Roles of a Project Manager

#1 Traditional roles of a Project Manager

One of the main duties of the Project Manager is to assemble the Project team. The Project Manager is expected to look at his project requirement and identify resources that will need to execute the project. He can now speak with other departmental managers to get those team members released to him.

The Project Manager is also expected to lead the Project team to a successful outcome. He is expected to provide directions to the project. He will define roles from his team members and help them to achieve all that the project set to achieve.

Project Managers are also expected to communicate effectively with stakeholders. He has to keep stakeholders inform about the progress of the project at hand. He must do this using the already established communication paths established by him.


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#2 Management Consultant roles of a Project Manager

Project Managers also play the role of a Consultant to the business. They are to assist the organisation in managing the project. They do advise the organisation on the best ways of approaching the project. You should know that project come about as a result of problems or opportunities. It is the duty of Project Managers to advise the business on the best ways of solving those problems.

It is also the duty of Project Managers to advance the strategic objectives of the organisation. You need to know that no project will be approved if it is against the strategic goals of the organisation. Every approved project must be linked to the mission and vision statement of the organisation. As the Project Manager managing a project, you need to make sure that those objectives are realised.

It is expected of project managers to meet customers needs. After you might have consulted with stakeholders and you have realised what they are expecting from the project. You are expected to set the machinery in motion towards making sure that stakeholders are satisfied at the end of the day.

#3 Business Analyst roles of a Project Manager

The Project Manager also plays the role of a Business Analyst. He is expected to analyse the project with stakeholders and suggests features that should be added to make the project worthwhile. He is to assist all stakeholders as well as end users to adapt to the output of the project.


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Introducing some Leadership qualities and skills for PMs


In this exciting article. I want to look at some of the leadership qualities and skills that a good project manager should have in order to achieve project success. I have already talked about some of the interpersonal skills that he needs to possess to manage a project successfully in my previous articles.

Leadership Qualities and Skills for Project Managers



#1 Strong Personal ethics One of the ingredients that any Project Manager needs to succeed in his project is strong personal ethics. You have to be truthful to yourself and believe in yourself. You must not compromise your stand because of money or any other inducements. Your eyes must be on the project goal. You have to make sure that you are fair to all stakeholders and team members.

#2 Interpersonal skills
One other thing that a good Project Manager needs to be successful in his project management strategy is strong interpersonal skills. He must be a good coach and communication. A project manager needs to know how to express himself. He must know how to influence others to buy-in into his visions and goals for the project.

#3 Context skills
One of the leadership qualities that a Project manager is a contextual skill. The Project manager should be able to analyze situations and decide on the next line of action based on that given scenario. Although he has to carry stakeholders along in his dealings he is expected to contribute majorly towards deciding what the next step should be in any given situation. That is what distinguishes a good Project Manager.


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Adeniyi Salau

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