Behavioral Skills to Translate Vision Into Reality

Bangalore India Chapter

Kumar Srikant, PMP, is an educator/trainer in Bangalore.

Many project management professionals today—across various education and experience backgrounds—are articulate on artificial intelligence, machine learning, the internet of things and blockchain technology. While this is quite remarkable (and a definite sign of the era we are in), the complementary skills that make us competent and handle situations at work are the behavioral skills that are critical for the profession.

When you’re looking for a good project management professional, these are some questions you may ponder:

  • How good is she with written communication?
  • What is his skill level in drafting emails, writing reports, notes and summaries?
  • How capable is she with oral communication?
  • Is he equipped to meet and confer with stakeholders? Competent to chair key team meetings, drive home points, motivate, give pep talks from time to time? Cued in on the nuances of negotiation?

Arguably, the most critical behavioral skills required for successful project management are:

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Team management

Visionary Leadership
The great American scholar and author Warren Bennis said this: “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”

A cardinal skill is the ability to share the vision of a project. One should be able to elucidate key aspects like:

  • Why this project …

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