I read an interesting article, written by Kevin Korterud, that asked the question, "Are Project Managers Born or Made?"

I agree with much of what Kevin had to say. However, to answer this question myself, I thought about what it is that I look for when I am searching to hire a great project manager.

Over the past several years I have had the opportunity to help build a wonderful team of project managers at booj. There are a number of factors that contribute to the overall hiring process, but it is evident that our entire team has the following things in common:

  • Exhibits strong communication skills.
  • A passion for technology and are eager to learn more!
  • Takes a creative approach to problem solving.
  • Able to think about the big picture without overlooking any important details.
  • Demonstrates compassion and honesty, generating indestructible relationships.

Last but certainly not least, I have the privilege of working with a talented group of natural born leaders.

Elegantly defined by Warren Bennis, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” Ultimately that is what an outstanding project manager does; they take a vision they’ve helped construct with their clients and their production team and bring that vision to life!

Having an expertise in the technical knowledge of our company’s platform, the services we offer, and the industry we thrive in will only help to launch our project management team to the next level. Prior experience in a similar work environment, or even just experience overcoming obstacles in life, will also set you apart from the crowd. However, these are all things that can be taught.

If you read through the bulleted list above and felt as though you were reading a description of yourself, you may have been born a project manager and did not know it until now!

I believe all project managers are born with a passion for leadership, empathy and the drive to succeed. Everything else is learned over time, skills are developed then fine tuned, and eventually your unique style of management is brought to life. It is this combination that results in exceptional project managers. Everything you will need to excel in this role cannot be taught, just as it is not all predestined. My advice to anyone seeking a project management position is to stay true to yourself and never stop learning.