Combining hard and soft skills is essential as far as it concerns finding a job and succeeding in your work as a project manager. The difference between these two is that, hard skills are more specific, teachable abilities that can be defined and measured, whereas soft skills are personality driven characteristics. As such, hard skills are more directly related to the job duties of a position, and although these are vital in regards to getting the interview, soft skills are going to get you the job.
Looking at this infographic from Brandeis University, you will be able to understand why a good balance between hard and soft skills is needed to manage projects. In order to be a top-notch project manager and achieve project success you will need to be:
- An organised individual.
- An Influential individual.
- An Empathetic individual.
- A strong leader and multi-tasker.
- An effective communicator.
- Effective at risk management.
- Skilled at managing project issues.
- Excellent at project planning.
- An expert at managing timelines.
An effective way of reviewing your performance as a project manager is to understand the reasons why projects fail and work your way to success by developing the skills you need.
Check out this infographic to learn how you can improve your soft and hard skills as a project manager and be on top of your game!
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