The Best Project Managers Are Themselves
Today, maybe more than ever, people long for authenticity in both personal and professional relationships. The virtual nature of our work environment lessens the occurrences of in-person, meaningful interactions. Being genuine is an intangible quality that gives you an edge as a project manager because it helps build and strengthen connections you have with your peers and project team.
Authenticity not only builds trust, a principle that is fundamental to leadership, but also enables you to increase your circle of influence in your personal and professional life.
This article homes in on the importance of authenticity and provides practical actions you can take to help become more authentic and genuine.
“You are most powerful, most effective, when you are completely yourself.” – Eckhart Tolle
The author of the epigraph above is a spiritual teacher, yet his profound words ring true for everyone, in all situations, including you as a project manager. Being yourself has an authenticity to it that can’t be matched. The great news is you have a secret edge that no one else has—yourself!
Science has found that we make judgments about each other within a few seconds of meeting. According to Forbes magazine (Gibbons, 2018), within the first seven seconds of meeting someone, you have a solid impression of who
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