The ideal project manager

We still see many project failures. Why can’t we be more successful? Inspired by some pictures from Gilbert Garcin I found on the web, I will visualize and explain some characteristics of the ideal project manager and than the answer will be in your hands. Do we have them? If you are a project manager, you could say if you are that ideal project manager, if you are a sponsor or project owner you can ask yourself do we have this ideal project manager or maybe you can make the difference and be a team with the project manager to achieve successes.

Every picture visualizes a key project manager competence.

Creates structure out of chaos

The ideal project manager will create structure out of chaos.

Has overview

The ideal project manager has overview.


The ideal project manager has a clear focus.


The ideal project manager can motivate him/herself to achieve the goal.


The ideal project manager can bring balance in the work to be performed.


The ideal project manager gets any job done.


The ideal project manager is a problem solver.

The ideal project manager will always make the right decision.

The ideal project manager knows how to communicate.

181 in de spotlights

The ideal project manager is the one who stands in the spotlights when it goes wrong.

Etre maître de soi - Controling oneself

The ideal project manager doesn’t need direction.

If you are a project manager, do you recognize these competences, are you using these competences? What will happen with your project if you use them? Can you make decisions on your own? Did you get tolerances on your project controls like Time, budget, scope, quality, risk and benefits? Or will you always escalate to your project board? Can you motivate your team, can you motivate yourself? Is there chaos or structure in your project? If you have problems with some of these competences and/or behavior, will your sponsor or project owner supports you or helps you? If you are a project owner or sponsor do you recognize these competences of your project manager, if not, have you asked yourself what you can do to help?

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5 responses to “The ideal project manager

  1. Loved this! Nicely done.

  2. I like the spotlight picture the best – I’ve certainly been there and I know people who have tried to duck out of it, but we really do need to take ownership and step up if we are going to be project leaders and not just project managers.

  3. Number 5 is my favourite as project management is about balancing so many different things

  4. Hi Henny, I love the way you chose to present your interpretation of what project management means to you.

    Thanks taking part in the #PMFlashBlog initiative.

    Cheers, Shim.


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