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Essential Management Skills required to become successful project managers

Managers are responsible for the achievement of various business goals and targets by successfully completing a range of business actions. The primary responsibility of the manager therefore includes taking things right and fulfilling goals. Every manager with a responsibility as started above must therefore use basic management skills to achieve the stated goals. Here in this article we will have a look at the key skills that are required by the project managers in all domain including the construction domain.

Key Responsibilities of a Manager

• Schedule work

• Set up the team

• Guide the team to do the job and

• Check the progress towards effective work completion.

A manager can widely classify his skills as hard skills and soft skills. Hard skills can involve skills such as planning, management, engineering and business skills, while soft skills are primarily interpersonal and human resources.

Some of the basic management skills that every manager needs to have.

1. Planning and management

It is very important to design all the facets of the work, including its content, the duration of the work and the need for resources. Planning will also include planning quality results, team members’ skills, other planning of the physical resources, risk planning, management planning for stakeholders and vendor management planning.

Planning will also include planning how progress can be monitored and controlled, and deploying various control tools, etc.

The resources to successfully execute the plan also need to be identified and organised.

2. Team making& Team Management

Successful management focuses on team management and team building. The best potential of each team member is to ensure that they do as well as the team works as a cohesive unit with tremendous respect and confidence, which is critical to their success.

3. Leadership

This involves the self-management as well as the management of others. This will include influence, motivation, management of conflicts, decision-making and efficient transfer skills.

4. Communication

It is of utmost importance to communicate with all interested parties effectively to ensure that the correct information reaches the right player at the right moment, using written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills. Communication manages smooth inter-member collaboration. Listening and questioning are part of the communication.

5. Solving Problems

The ability to critically examine the problems and to find solutions to the problems is important. The manager must be able to think conceptually and abstractly.


The management of people and processes is a science and an art that requires a combination of technology and experience. The article above is an introductory overview of the necessary and significant management skills.

In all the fields including the construction sector, the above skills are important. It is vital for the construction project managers to acquire the above skills and carry out their duties efficiently.

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