These days a project manager's role involves a whole lot more than being a connecting point for various project components. A new generation project manager is a 'Renaissance man,' a polymath, with a variety of skills and proficiency in different subjects who can play various roles.
It is true that project managers play crucial roles that demand much more than proficiency in managing projects. They require skill sets to supplement their leadership, teambuilding, and relationship abilities. Decisions a project manager takes are not self-contained but affect many in the team. Thus, the project manager occupies center stage and plays a pivotal role in managing interpersonal conflicts, team cohesion, stakeholder management, and other major and minor hurdles that crop up on the project's path.
Project managers who spend a significant amount of time to coach and mentor their team members on project related issues and issues related to people-to-people interactions could expect positive results. Thus, an opportunity to coach and mentor is an opportunity to lessen the impact of conflicts, and the lack of passion and interest in the team.
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