Wednesday, December 28, 2011

5 Ways PMs Can Demonstrate Leadership

1. Be well-read. Reading provides you with an important skill for today’s manager: the ability to see linkages between unrelated events.

2. Improve your language skills. You are increasingly called upon to express yourself in reports, letters, presentations, and interviews. Look up words you don’t understand, and fine-tune your grammar skills.

3. Be politically effective. Make contacts and take responsibility for letting people know your skills. Good politicking is a skill, not a vice.

4. Watch other people. Notice how to interpret their facial expressions. You can’t afford to miss the clues that indicate dissatisfaction, boredom, anger, or contentment.

5. Cope with your work problems. Symptoms of an inability to cope include: long-term recurrence of the same problems; replacement of one problem with another; disposing of problems instead of learning from them; dealing with problems through anger; and needing other people to deal with your problems.

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