Are Project Managers Born or Made?

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Are Project Managers Born or Made?
Ellis, Manager, United Kingdom, Member
It is worth considering whether project managers are born or made.
If they are born, there is an assumption that core elements of the desirable traits mentioned in the 4C's of an Ideal Project Manager are inherent in the nature of the individual.
This may be the case for a lucky few but, in my experience, the best chance for success in developing project managers is to mould them by virtue of a combination of training, mentorship and experience.
That is where the competency element comes in to play. If the manager is given the tools to succeed and is exposed to lessons learned from previous projects then that, combined with the inherent personality should give you the greatest opportunity for becoming a successful and competent project manager....Sign up

Are Project Managers Born or Made?
David Dicanot, Analyst, France, Member
Hello, I would add a dimension that, I think, can determine if a project manager is competent or not: the mental structure.
Even with training, m...Sign up

Some Project Managers are Born...
David Guild, Consultant, Australia, Member
I think a few of them are born, because their natural talent assists them, but this does not rule others out!
They would have to adopt those stre...Sign up

Are PMs Born or Made? Made
Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry , Director, India, Premium Member
My two cents: PMs can certainly be made, one needs to learn the underlying philosophy of project management, obtain the required experience, skills an...Sign up

Project Managers Born or Made
David Guild, Consultant, Australia, Member
Certainly anyone can do any job, or learn any job, but it must fit their natural personality or they won't like, enjoy the job. And therfore not do it...Sign up

Project Managers can be Made but they need some Inherent Factors to really Bloom in that Role
My two cents:-))
In general, one can acquire skill sets over a period of time, and a decent job can be done, but an individual blooms in his or h...Sign up

Project Managers are Born and Made
David Guild, Consultant, Australia, Member
@Sweety: totally agree with point, unfortunately not many people arrive at this intersection in life due to outside...Sign up

Project managers are Born AND Made
Some project managers are born, these people also have the ability to accept change. If you don't change then the world will go on without you. You ar...Sign up

A Project Manager is Born
buyinza geoffrey
I agree with those members saying that project managers are born, but we should not neglect the other factors like, mentorship, training, motivation, ...Sign up

Project Manager, Born or Made
K.Narayana Moorthy, HR Consultant, India, Member
@buyinza geoffrey: No project managers are born. Certain personality traits are added by society and parents to an ...Sign up

Project Managers - Born or Made?
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
Project Managers are made more than born. They go through a lot of study and experience before they could be one. They are very particular about effic...Sign up

Behavioral Profiling of Project Managers
Paul D Giammalvo, Professor and Consultant, Indonesia, Member
@Leodegardo M. Pruna: some published research I have been working on for several years now is showing otherwise.Sign up

Behavioral Profiling of Project Managers
Leodegardo M. Pruna, Professor, Philippines, Member
@Paul D Giammalvo: I do agree that people with no interest on the subject would never come out successful even if t...Sign up

Project Management Versus Operations
K.Narayana Moorthy, HR Consultant, India, Member
@Leodegardo M. Pruna: Yes, you are right. People with no interest or attitude towards the principles of project ope...Sign up

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