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Effective qualities of a project manager

Reflect on the skills that project managers should have to be able to deal with the variety of project constraints.

Project management provides people with a robust set of tools that includes the ability to plan, implement and manage activities to accomplish specific objectives.

However, project management is more than just a set of tools; it is a result-oriented management style that places a premium on building collaborative relationships among the diverse cast of characters. Exciting opportunities await people skilled in project management.

Your task

Listen to practitioners talk about the skills of an ‘ideal’ project manager.
What kind of skills should project managers have to be able to deal with the variety of project constraints?


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