A new year brings a chance to reflect on your achievements and start looking forward to what you want to accomplish over the next 12 months. Whether you’re taking your first step towards leadership or you’re an experienced team leader looking to brush up on some new skills, you might be wondering how you can start the year off on the right foot as a great project leader. A team could be comprised of the most intelligent members and armed with the latest technology, but without an excellent leader there to manage the project at hand it may go up in smoke. Luckily, leaders are made and not born, so check out our advice below and discover how you can be a great manager in 2022.
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- Delegate accordingly
- Take inspiration (or not!) from past project leaders
- Be clear on the project’s value and goals
- Communication is key
- Document everything
- Be empathetic & inclusive
You didn’t get to where you are today by sitting on the sidelines so, understandably, it might be difficult for you to now take a step back and delegate. However, this is an integral component of being a great project leader, so make full use of the resources available on your team by assigning tasks based on skills and experience. You should openly encourage your team to perform well, while ensuring they have the support, training & resources to do so.
Remember that the people on your team were hired for a reason and they’ll likely execute their assigned tasks more effectively without you hovering over them. If each person in your team is an individual puzzle piece with their own capabilities, your job as a manager is to put this puzzle together in the most effective way possible, combining strengths and maximising resources to enable team success.