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Do I have what it takes to be a project manager?

I currently work as a project assistant for several years now and I'm getting sick with this mediocre job. I now have good organizational skills. I help also with the scheduling. I also deal a lot with the people working on the project and they like working with me.

Do I have what it takes to make it as a project manager?
asked 11 years ago by anonymous

1 Answer

Organizational skills are key to becoming a project manager, but they're sufficient. The most important thing to have is "people skills".

Apparently, people are happy to work with you, which is good, but you need to:

- have the ability to make them respect you and follow your lead even without authority (of which you usually have none).
- respect people yourself.
- be able to resolve conflicts between people (being completely objective and not biased to any person is a good start).
- be able to say no to your superiors (you don't want to be tricked into committing to an unrealistic schedule).

You must also possess some "personal skills":

- Able to admit your own mistakes.
- Non-judgmental (people hate dealing with judgmentals)
- Constant work on yourself to enhance your project management skills, including attending courses, seminars, etc...

You have also understand and accept that project management will suck out your life; the line separating your personal life and work will start to fade.

From what you've mentioned I do think that you can become a project manager, just read the above and see if you meet the criteria mentioned.

One last thing to mention, if you find it hard to get promoted to a project manager position in your company, try looking for a junior project manager position in another company.
answered 10 years ago by TheManager (6,220 points)

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