Be an Amiable Amigo
Granted, you’re most likely the driving force behind making whatever project or deliverable happen on-time and within budget. But if you don’t remember to build consensus amongst your team - or inspire the people around you - you may not be the easiest of facilitators to work with.
Hopefully you think of your colleagues as much as friends as amazing collaborators - and if not, it’s never too late to start!
Lead from all Directions
Navigate, motivate, delegate. And sometimes - while you’re spinning those plates - you’ll need to slow down before you can speed up. Project Managers need to hold all sorts of information in their mind: from fleshing out initial risks in a project’s early stages, to sorting out granular, step-by-step processes of their team’s workflow, whilst everyone else is mid-flow. Be just as ready with necessary technical skills, as you are to step back and provide high-level overview of where your team is, at a given moment. Be ready for all of it, and then some.
Successful project management is intrinsically about all details of a project - hefty and light, big and small. While each member of your team is sweating the details - on their individual plate - it’s your role to ensure every single one of these details - combined - manage to align. Each and every one has an impact, and every Project Manager knows this well.