Perhaps the biggest hurdle for most of us is that of working out how we are going to give them the leadership they are looking for. If you have ever worked in a team without a strong leader then the thought of leading a rudderless team could give you some sleepless nights. Thankfully there are some steps you can take in order to give the strong leadership your team deserves.
You Can Learn from Experience
Most things can be learned from experience, can’t they? The downside of this is that it takes time to build up experience. What you should bear in mind in your project management role is that this sort of job will see you gain a lot of different types of experience in a relatively short period of time. All you need to do is be open to learning new things and then try to put them into practice. You can also lean on more experienced members of the team and get hints and tips from them. Even just watching someone work and seeing how they handle difficult situations can make you feel a lot more confident about doing your own new role to the sort of high standard you want to meet.
Different Team Members Need Different Approaches
If this if your first management role then you might make the all too common mistake of treating everyone in the same way. This seems to make sense in theory but in practice you need to be aware of the plans and motivations of all of your team members. This means that you need to talk to them and get to know them a bit better. Once you have done this you will be in a good position to treat them in the way which will be of real benefit to both them and the team. Part of your role as the leader of the team is to guide your staff and make sure that they progress in their careers. This should be one of the most satisfying aspects of the role for you and it is something which doesn’t have to be particularly hard work provided that you do it in the right way.
A Strong Leader Doesn’t Need to be Right All the Time
One of the biggest types of pressure you can put on yourself is that of being right all the time. Just because you are the project leader doesn’t mean that you need to be right about absolutely everything. With a strong team behind you then you can turn to them for help and ideas whenever you feel that it is needed. You will want to lead by example, of course, but that doesn’t mean that you need to be perfect in everything you do. Even worse than heaping all of this pressure on your shoulders is if you refuse to admit when you are wrong. Your team members will be aware of this and it could make them lose all respect for you.
You Don’t Need to Do It All Alone
Being a project leader means taking on a lot of responsibilities but it doesn’t have to mean that you do it all on your own. By leading a team responsibly you should automatically pass out the tasks which are better suited to other members of the team. There will be some tasks which you will definitely want to hold onto but there are bound to be plenty more which you can let someone else in the project team get their teeth into.
It Can Be Fun
If you can get over the pressure and the responsibility of being the project leader then you will find that it can be a fun sort of a job. It isn’t every kind of job which lets you make such big decisions and have such flexibility in how you approach things. If you aren’t used to enjoying your days at work then it might be a chance for you to reconsider how you approach your job and find ways of enjoying it that bit more. Once you get into the swing of this sort of job then it can be hard to imagine going back and doing something else again. I have honestly found that project work gave me back a lot of the pleasure which I had lost in other roles.