"I am on several project teams at my company but I am not the project
manager. I still see areas that the team needs internal leadership while we work together. How can I be a project team member and still show I can
A mentor of mine many years ago said “if you want to move your career to the next level, then act like you are already there!” Leaders are at all levels of the organization, not just those with high level job titles. If you’re a project team member and aspire to be a project manager, then you should begin to show leadership qualities in your current job.
Here are few suggestions that you may find helpful. You will find a complete list in the book Project
Failures Are Killing Us! Priorities for removing the RISK from project management!
Project team member leaders must:
1. Know they are part of a team, not acting as individuals.
2. Recognize that their activities are critical to the success of the project and take them seriously.
3. Be willing to help other team members with their issues to move the project forward.
4. Communicate with project management and colleagues at all times.
5. Maintain“can-do” attitudes.
6. Stay focused on the project plan approved by the team
7. Provide feedback on activities taken or to be taken.
If you follow these guidelines along with the others found in the book Project Failures Are Killing Us!, you will be able to demonstrate that you know the role and responsibility of a leader within your teams.
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