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What are/What should be habits of a project leader?
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An effective leader whether is it a project leader or a CFO should lead with empathy, build trust, show compassion, provide stability and create hope. A project leader should be respected and should be interested in their teams success more than his/her own. I believe the best leaders are also teachers and by investing in others they are investing in themselves.

That being said, a project leader needs to be on top of a project and be willing to step in and help where needed. Be able to see the big picture. I am a firm believer of leading by example. I must be willing to do any task that I would assign to a team member. Communication is also key. Everyone needs to be kept in the loop and on the same page to be successful.

Looking forward to what others think.....
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1 reply by Linda Pelser
Jul 07, 2017 11:34 AM
Linda Pelser
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Thank you for sharing Michelle. I agree with your view - no task is too big or too small, and your team's success is testimony to your success as a leader.
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Lead the people not the work
Delegate and trust
Relax and don't get caught up in the failures of today
Focus on solving your team's problems and let them be successful in what they need to do
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Project leader don’t work with ‘future happiness’ in mind. For them, happiness is a journey. They don’t just feel the temporary joy of receiving the pay cheque, but they make each and every second count. This is why, for them every single day of work is a reason for happiness. This is the kind of conditioning we all should do, but happy managers do it for real.

Following are the habits of Project leaders? Keep reading to find out -

1. They eat healthy?—Everyone knows how important it is to eat right to say fit and active. But happy leaders make it a reality. They have to answer and interact with a lot of people too, which can be quite exhausting. So, they make sure to eat right in order to stay fuelled throughout the day.

2. They know that slow is fast!?—?Slow and steady wins the race. Happy leaders are able to get things right without a lot of repetitions or rework, because they work slowly but steadily. What is the point of being hasty and doing things hurriedly only to realize how many errors are made in the process? You may have to redo everything, which will probably waste more time than you were trying to save by being fast. Happy and efficient managers may take longer to plan and implement, but when they are done, there would be few things (if any) that would need to be corrected later.

3. They are not exactly a stickler for multitasking?—?Happy project leaders try to avoid mental chaos even if they are buried under countless deadlines. They try and do one thing at a time. This is not to say that they don’t care, or that they just become laid-back. Instead of trying to do everything simultaneously?—?they sort things on the basis of priority. They work with ‘first things first’ approach. It makes them quick in their doings which enables them to do more in less time. That’s why there is always precision in their work.

4. They hear people out?—?They know that it is hard to solve a problem unless the problem is fully understood. So, they have to be exceptionally good listeners. Good managers don’t just act silent. They pay attention to what is being said. They don’t just hear, they process information, ask questions, and then repeat it in their own words to be double sure that they got it right. It makes the person feel that he was actually heard. Once all the parties have spoken, that’s when the manager starts pouring suggestions and ideas.

5. They never live in the past?— Happy leaders never let an unfortunate past affect their present and eventually the future of the project. They live in the present keeping in mind the lessons from the past, and the future destination where they have to be. Their entire focus is always in the present. Because, they know that if they take care of the present, the future will automatically be taken care of.

7. They pool ideas?—? Project leaders are always pooling ideas by bringing out the creative side in everyone. Most of us don’t realize what we are capable of and how many great ideas we have buried deep in our mind. Good managers try to make everyone discover that hidden potential. They enjoy when people come together and brainstorm ideas, and think of new ways to do things in far more interesting and fun ways.

8. They respect others’ opinions?—Project leaders respect everyone’s viewpoints even if they are in disagreement with it. Instead of judging others, they try and walk in others’ shoes. This quality allows them to make everybody come to the terms with a common arrangement. That is why they are able to get things done without making others feel belittled, which makes them great leaders, apart from being amazing leaders.

9. They make others happy too!?—Good leaders do whatever they can to make a difference. A smile at someone or a compliment can really make someone’s day. Happy managers never hesitate in pointing out the good in others. That’s why they are easily able to earn everyone’s respect and love.
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3 replies by Krishna Pakki, Linda Pelser, and Vincent Guerard
Jul 07, 2017 11:27 AM
Linda Pelser
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Thanks for sharing Vartika. Sometimes it is these subtle habits that make all the difference.
Jul 07, 2017 12:12 PM
Krishna Pakki
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In complete agreement with Vartika. I had an opportunity to look into a day in CEO's life at work and i could see all these points. Thanks for compiling and posting here,
Jul 07, 2017 4:19 PM
Vincent Guerard
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Great points
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Thanks for sharing.
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Jul 07, 2017 7:04 AM
Replying to Vartika Kashyap
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Project leader don’t work with ‘future happiness’ in mind. For them, happiness is a journey. They don’t just feel the temporary joy of receiving the pay cheque, but they make each and every second count. This is why, for them every single day of work is a reason for happiness. This is the kind of conditioning we all should do, but happy managers do it for real.

Following are the habits of Project leaders? Keep reading to find out -

1. They eat healthy?—Everyone knows how important it is to eat right to say fit and active. But happy leaders make it a reality. They have to answer and interact with a lot of people too, which can be quite exhausting. So, they make sure to eat right in order to stay fuelled throughout the day.

2. They know that slow is fast!?—?Slow and steady wins the race. Happy leaders are able to get things right without a lot of repetitions or rework, because they work slowly but steadily. What is the point of being hasty and doing things hurriedly only to realize how many errors are made in the process? You may have to redo everything, which will probably waste more time than you were trying to save by being fast. Happy and efficient managers may take longer to plan and implement, but when they are done, there would be few things (if any) that would need to be corrected later.

3. They are not exactly a stickler for multitasking?—?Happy project leaders try to avoid mental chaos even if they are buried under countless deadlines. They try and do one thing at a time. This is not to say that they don’t care, or that they just become laid-back. Instead of trying to do everything simultaneously?—?they sort things on the basis of priority. They work with ‘first things first’ approach. It makes them quick in their doings which enables them to do more in less time. That’s why there is always precision in their work.

4. They hear people out?—?They know that it is hard to solve a problem unless the problem is fully understood. So, they have to be exceptionally good listeners. Good managers don’t just act silent. They pay attention to what is being said. They don’t just hear, they process information, ask questions, and then repeat it in their own words to be double sure that they got it right. It makes the person feel that he was actually heard. Once all the parties have spoken, that’s when the manager starts pouring suggestions and ideas.

5. They never live in the past?— Happy leaders never let an unfortunate past affect their present and eventually the future of the project. They live in the present keeping in mind the lessons from the past, and the future destination where they have to be. Their entire focus is always in the present. Because, they know that if they take care of the present, the future will automatically be taken care of.

7. They pool ideas?—? Project leaders are always pooling ideas by bringing out the creative side in everyone. Most of us don’t realize what we are capable of and how many great ideas we have buried deep in our mind. Good managers try to make everyone discover that hidden potential. They enjoy when people come together and brainstorm ideas, and think of new ways to do things in far more interesting and fun ways.

8. They respect others’ opinions?—Project leaders respect everyone’s viewpoints even if they are in disagreement with it. Instead of judging others, they try and walk in others’ shoes. This quality allows them to make everybody come to the terms with a common arrangement. That is why they are able to get things done without making others feel belittled, which makes them great leaders, apart from being amazing leaders.

9. They make others happy too!?—Good leaders do whatever they can to make a difference. A smile at someone or a compliment can really make someone’s day. Happy managers never hesitate in pointing out the good in others. That’s why they are easily able to earn everyone’s respect and love.
Thanks for sharing Vartika. Sometimes it is these subtle habits that make all the difference.
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Jul 06, 2017 9:58 AM
Replying to Michelle Paugh
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An effective leader whether is it a project leader or a CFO should lead with empathy, build trust, show compassion, provide stability and create hope. A project leader should be respected and should be interested in their teams success more than his/her own. I believe the best leaders are also teachers and by investing in others they are investing in themselves.

That being said, a project leader needs to be on top of a project and be willing to step in and help where needed. Be able to see the big picture. I am a firm believer of leading by example. I must be willing to do any task that I would assign to a team member. Communication is also key. Everyone needs to be kept in the loop and on the same page to be successful.

Looking forward to what others think.....
Thank you for sharing Michelle. I agree with your view - no task is too big or too small, and your team's success is testimony to your success as a leader.
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Jul 07, 2017 7:04 AM
Replying to Vartika Kashyap
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Project leader don’t work with ‘future happiness’ in mind. For them, happiness is a journey. They don’t just feel the temporary joy of receiving the pay cheque, but they make each and every second count. This is why, for them every single day of work is a reason for happiness. This is the kind of conditioning we all should do, but happy managers do it for real.

Following are the habits of Project leaders? Keep reading to find out -

1. They eat healthy?—Everyone knows how important it is to eat right to say fit and active. But happy leaders make it a reality. They have to answer and interact with a lot of people too, which can be quite exhausting. So, they make sure to eat right in order to stay fuelled throughout the day.

2. They know that slow is fast!?—?Slow and steady wins the race. Happy leaders are able to get things right without a lot of repetitions or rework, because they work slowly but steadily. What is the point of being hasty and doing things hurriedly only to realize how many errors are made in the process? You may have to redo everything, which will probably waste more time than you were trying to save by being fast. Happy and efficient managers may take longer to plan and implement, but when they are done, there would be few things (if any) that would need to be corrected later.

3. They are not exactly a stickler for multitasking?—?Happy project leaders try to avoid mental chaos even if they are buried under countless deadlines. They try and do one thing at a time. This is not to say that they don’t care, or that they just become laid-back. Instead of trying to do everything simultaneously?—?they sort things on the basis of priority. They work with ‘first things first’ approach. It makes them quick in their doings which enables them to do more in less time. That’s why there is always precision in their work.

4. They hear people out?—?They know that it is hard to solve a problem unless the problem is fully understood. So, they have to be exceptionally good listeners. Good managers don’t just act silent. They pay attention to what is being said. They don’t just hear, they process information, ask questions, and then repeat it in their own words to be double sure that they got it right. It makes the person feel that he was actually heard. Once all the parties have spoken, that’s when the manager starts pouring suggestions and ideas.

5. They never live in the past?— Happy leaders never let an unfortunate past affect their present and eventually the future of the project. They live in the present keeping in mind the lessons from the past, and the future destination where they have to be. Their entire focus is always in the present. Because, they know that if they take care of the present, the future will automatically be taken care of.

7. They pool ideas?—? Project leaders are always pooling ideas by bringing out the creative side in everyone. Most of us don’t realize what we are capable of and how many great ideas we have buried deep in our mind. Good managers try to make everyone discover that hidden potential. They enjoy when people come together and brainstorm ideas, and think of new ways to do things in far more interesting and fun ways.

8. They respect others’ opinions?—Project leaders respect everyone’s viewpoints even if they are in disagreement with it. Instead of judging others, they try and walk in others’ shoes. This quality allows them to make everybody come to the terms with a common arrangement. That is why they are able to get things done without making others feel belittled, which makes them great leaders, apart from being amazing leaders.

9. They make others happy too!?—Good leaders do whatever they can to make a difference. A smile at someone or a compliment can really make someone’s day. Happy managers never hesitate in pointing out the good in others. That’s why they are easily able to earn everyone’s respect and love.
In complete agreement with Vartika. I had an opportunity to look into a day in CEO's life at work and i could see all these points. Thanks for compiling and posting here,
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Jul 07, 2017 7:04 AM
Replying to Vartika Kashyap
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Project leader don’t work with ‘future happiness’ in mind. For them, happiness is a journey. They don’t just feel the temporary joy of receiving the pay cheque, but they make each and every second count. This is why, for them every single day of work is a reason for happiness. This is the kind of conditioning we all should do, but happy managers do it for real.

Following are the habits of Project leaders? Keep reading to find out -

1. They eat healthy?—Everyone knows how important it is to eat right to say fit and active. But happy leaders make it a reality. They have to answer and interact with a lot of people too, which can be quite exhausting. So, they make sure to eat right in order to stay fuelled throughout the day.

2. They know that slow is fast!?—?Slow and steady wins the race. Happy leaders are able to get things right without a lot of repetitions or rework, because they work slowly but steadily. What is the point of being hasty and doing things hurriedly only to realize how many errors are made in the process? You may have to redo everything, which will probably waste more time than you were trying to save by being fast. Happy and efficient managers may take longer to plan and implement, but when they are done, there would be few things (if any) that would need to be corrected later.

3. They are not exactly a stickler for multitasking?—?Happy project leaders try to avoid mental chaos even if they are buried under countless deadlines. They try and do one thing at a time. This is not to say that they don’t care, or that they just become laid-back. Instead of trying to do everything simultaneously?—?they sort things on the basis of priority. They work with ‘first things first’ approach. It makes them quick in their doings which enables them to do more in less time. That’s why there is always precision in their work.

4. They hear people out?—?They know that it is hard to solve a problem unless the problem is fully understood. So, they have to be exceptionally good listeners. Good managers don’t just act silent. They pay attention to what is being said. They don’t just hear, they process information, ask questions, and then repeat it in their own words to be double sure that they got it right. It makes the person feel that he was actually heard. Once all the parties have spoken, that’s when the manager starts pouring suggestions and ideas.

5. They never live in the past?— Happy leaders never let an unfortunate past affect their present and eventually the future of the project. They live in the present keeping in mind the lessons from the past, and the future destination where they have to be. Their entire focus is always in the present. Because, they know that if they take care of the present, the future will automatically be taken care of.

7. They pool ideas?—? Project leaders are always pooling ideas by bringing out the creative side in everyone. Most of us don’t realize what we are capable of and how many great ideas we have buried deep in our mind. Good managers try to make everyone discover that hidden potential. They enjoy when people come together and brainstorm ideas, and think of new ways to do things in far more interesting and fun ways.

8. They respect others’ opinions?—Project leaders respect everyone’s viewpoints even if they are in disagreement with it. Instead of judging others, they try and walk in others’ shoes. This quality allows them to make everybody come to the terms with a common arrangement. That is why they are able to get things done without making others feel belittled, which makes them great leaders, apart from being amazing leaders.

9. They make others happy too!?—Good leaders do whatever they can to make a difference. A smile at someone or a compliment can really make someone’s day. Happy managers never hesitate in pointing out the good in others. That’s why they are easily able to earn everyone’s respect and love.
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