Power Skills Resource Hub
About the Report
Power skills are being recognized by teams and organizations as critical for the workplace. They are at the heart of leading successful teams, engaging stakeholders and conquering challenges to the project plan. Read this report to learn:
- Which power skills are most critical to project success.
- Why project leaders should understand the value of power skills.
- How organizations develop power skills on teams.
- Where organizations struggle with assessing power skills.
Driving Project Value with Power Skills
When I first started my career, I wanted to understand how to deliver a project on time, within scope and on budget. The more that I learned about project management and the more I developed my skills, the more I realized that the impact you can have when you combine both those technical and business skills with power skills is much broader.
PMIEF Board of Directors
The important thing is people skills: engagement, seeing the bigger picture, understanding strategy and aligning with all of that. They are the things that really matter.
Europe P&PM Community Lead, Fujitsu
London, United Kingdom
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the crucial power skills for project professionals?
According to the Pulse of the Profession® 2023 report, collaborative leadership, communication, problem-solving and strategic thinking are the four highest-ranked power skills. This is the case regardless of region, industry, years of experience, project management leadership level or Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification status.
What are the organizational benefits of power skills?
Organizations that prioritize power skills tend to perform better on multiple key drivers of success such as benefits realization management (BRM) maturity, organizational agility and project management maturity.
How do power skills connect to the PMI Talent Triangle®?
Power skills is one of the three skill categories of the PMI Talent Triangle. We encourage professionals to develop power skills so they can maintain influence with a variety of stakeholders — a critical component for making change happen. Mastering these various skills helps to differentiate stakeholders and empower them to become influential at any organizational level.
What are some other power skills?
Additional power skills project professionals should hone include relationship building, adaptability, innovative mindset, accountability, empathy, discipline, for-purpose orientation, future-focused orientation and leadership.
Why Project Leaders Need Power Skills
It’s time to lean into the power skills that help project professionals drive success. Projectified guests discuss why power skills are so essential, how they’ve used them to deliver more value and improve their teams’ results and ways to further develop these skills.