The Best Project Managers Are Themselves

PMI Alamo Chapter

Leticia Peevy is a project manager specialist with over 20 years’ experience managing development, implementation, upgrade, and conversion IT projects. Her experience spans FIS Systematics core applications, as well as front-end systems and middle-tier platforms. She has extensive experience with large IT projects including bank conversions, application upgrades, and internal development projects. Mrs. Peevy also enjoys creating and conducting leadership training for project managers and others in leadership positions.

Abstract
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.  

Introduction

“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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