Project Management: The Roles Of A Project Manager

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The role of a project manager has been the subject of numerous publications that have attempted to provide a precise set of qualities and responsibilities for the job title. However, the job role is so encompassing that there are still many different schools of thought on the subject and much debate over the precise terminology to best describe a project manager. This paper analyzes five such publications, and attempts to rationalize their research into a cohesive and comprehensive description of the roles of project manager. This paper establishes the roles of the project manager in the current setting in order that a newcomer to the subject matter will be able to understand the concepts as it relates to modern technology and business practices.…show more content…
It is the project manager’s human skills that will ultimately make the task of managing communications and human resources succeed or fail. Additionally, having well developed human skills will also play a pivotal role in a project manager’s quest to bring effective leadership to the project. Because of the importance that all consequential areas of focus will have in the project, human skills serve as the basis for the success or ineptitude that will come from the project, and ultimately the project manager’s…show more content…
Leadership is a complex topic that has been the subject of abundant research and debate, much as has the role of a project manager. While the scope of leadership is too large for the contents of this paper, there are some important leadership skills an effective project manager must possess. According to Anantatmula (2010), “management is concerned with making decisions about process functions in order to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness. Leadership on the other hand, is about motivating and guiding people to realize their potential and achieve tougher and challenging organizational goals.” (p. 14). A project manager’s ability to motivate their people is an important skill to have, and one that is beneficial to the organizations ability to develop their employee’s talents and abilities. Ultimately, this may have more impact on an organization than just the individual project as the employees garner more competency and take that with them to future
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