3 Skill Sets PMs Must Focus on for Future Success
Imagine yourself in the future. Where will you be working? What tools will be necessary for success? How will you build your career?
The answer to those and other related questions may not be clear now, as we cannot see into the increasingly uncertain future. Still, to be continuously improving, you need to have structure in your planning. You can be prepared if you stay current by building and improving certain skill sets that never go out of style:
1. Social Skills
Team member expectations in the future will not be the same as they are now. Stay up to date by using continuous training and reading best practices articles. If you do not, word may get around that you are unpleasant (or even worse, difficult) to work with—which can lead to team members defecting, stakeholder conflicts and delays in projects.
To help, look for specific information in the four areas below:
- Emotional intelligence – Long known to be a success factor, this skill has met the test of time. You need a sound foundation of the basics and to build more advanced skills to handle a broad spectrum of situations–especially in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. (For more on emotional intelligence, read The Role of Emotional Intelligence in Successful Project Delivery and watch the on-demand webinar Emotional Intelligence for Project Managers.)
- Organizational change
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