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What Makes a Great Project Manager?

In 2000, I wrote “What Makes a Good Project Manager,” an article that was published in PM Network magazine. As I revisit this topic after a dozen years, taking into account new research, I am somewhat surprised – though I probably shouldn’t be— that the behavioral characteristics of a good project manager are still the same, just expanded and better validated. However, in talking about a great project manager, new attributes are emerging. We are seeing great project managers with stronger business acumen, who are more strategically focused. “Analytical, conceptual, and visionary” have become key attributes of a great project manager...

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