Project Management Institute

A little respect

In working in a field where authority does not come easily, project managers must earn professional respect--from team members, project stakeholders, and executive management--the time-tested way: By doing what they must and meaning what they say. For young project professionals, gaining respect is often the critical element in obtaining breakthrough opportunities that enable them to display their skills and knowledge in positive ways. Though difficult, gaining such respect is not impossible. This article defines five approaches that can help young project professionals garner the respect that can help them achieve professional success. In doing so, it examines methods for addressing such issues as performing key responsibilities well, communicating appropriately, identifying problems tactfully, finding challenging opportunities, and reporting critical successes and accomplishments. Accompanying this article are two sidebars: The first lists four tips for choosing a mentor; the second describes how one projec
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