Sample APMP question Describe five leadership attributes of an effective project manager?””

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    Paul Naybour
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    A simple question for this weekend. Think about five different things good leaders do and write five short paragraphs of three sentances about each. Post your answers below and we will give you feedback. 

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    Alan Andrews
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    Leaders should be good at DIRECTING, COACHING, SUPPORTIVE, and DELEGATION. and each of these facets can be used to deal with staff in different way who may have different attitudes themselves. Some people react to a directive approach, being told what to do, when and how. Others prefer good recognition and trust in their roles or responsibilities and can be easily delegated. And for staff that feel unsure or lack confidence, mentoring and coaching should be applied. Being supportive is equally as important as is being directive.

    Leadership skills include motivational qualities, keeping staff and teams upbeat about their task at hand. They should seek to reward individuals and teams for efforts and constantly reassure on their performances. And in contrast, I leader should be able to make positive decisions and take firm action against problematic workers, non-team players that may be hindering the project. This especially should be the case where Health & safety is being compromised.

    Leadership in many ways is the most important skill for Project Managers. By being good communicators, listeners a PM can understand the problems at hand and make the necessary decisions as the leading role.

    Leaders will support their teams and stand up for them. Be available. They should be willing to take risks in support of their teams. Whilst also commanding respect. Their judgement should be fair and even, and ensure all facts are known. Have an ear to the ground.

    Leaders I guess should be role models, lead by example.

    I’m not sure how you would break this down into 5 clear points actually .. possibly split up the Directing, Coaching stuff maybe. ??

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    Alan Andrews
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    I guess you could also add, Leaders should be self-starters, self motivated

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    Paul Naybour
    Moderator

    Alan

    When they ask for five points in the exam they are looking for five paragraphs of three sentences each. So you could restructure answer like this

    1) Project Managers should be good at DIRECTING, COACHING, SUPPORTIVE, and DELEGATION. Each of these facets can be used to deal with staff in different way who may have different attitudes themselves. Some people react to a directive approach, being told what to do, when and how. Others prefer good recognition and trust in their roles or responsibilities and can be easily delegated. And for staff that feel unsure or lack confidence, mentoring and coaching should be applied. Being supportive is equally as important as is being directive.

    2) Project Managers need the leadership skills include motivational qualities, keeping staff and teams upbeat about their task at hand. They should seek to reward individuals and teams for efforts and constantly reassure on their performances. And in contrast, a leader should be able to make positive decisions and take firm action against problematic workers, non-team players that may be hindering the project. This especially should be the case where Health & safety is being compromised.

    3) Project Managers need to be good communicators and influencers, in many ways this is the most important skill for Project Managers. By being good communicators, listeners a PM can understand the problems at hand and make the necessary decisions as the leading role.

    4) Leaders will support their teams and stand up for them. Be available. They should be willing to take risks in support of their teams. Whilst also commanding respect. Their judgement should be fair and even, and ensure all facts are known. Have an ear to the ground so the correct decisions can be taken.

    5) Project Managers need good attention to detail and need to instill this into there teams, small mistakes early in a project can have a very dramatic impact on the outcome of the project. This because small changes early on can have significant impact on the ability to add value to the project. Project Managers therefore need to consider early phases of the project with care.

    The five points are just five paragraphs, the markers have 10 marks for each paragraph, so planning the answer in advance can make sure you don’t run out of ideas half way through. Having said that it can be hard to think up five distinctive points without repeating yourself.

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    Alan Andrews
    Participant

    Thanks a bunch Paul!

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