Project Manager SkillsThere has always been a debate:

What are the most important skills for a Project Manager ?

I have observed PMP aspirants are most curious to know,

may be because this is a potential question and most of the questionnaire bank have included it in their package as well.

The project manager is the orchestra conductor.

He is the soul of the project and is responsible for the failure and success of the project.

The project manager normally uses all tools from his toolbox,

in order to make the project a success and besides all hard core technical skills (If he/she has any),

which may not be a requirement in the project,
has to have all the required necessary soft skills.

So when we talk of soft skills,

the PMBOK4 guide has placed Section G page417 referring to almost all project manager skills,

Like: Leadership, Team Building, Motivation, Communication,  Influencing, Decision making, Political and Cultural Awareness and Negotiation.

Although it’s not necessary that a person would have all these skills but they are considered good,

but one skill among them is really a must for a project manager.

SO

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According to Dr. Kerzner 90% of Project Manager time is spend in communicating: in his book: Project Management: A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling, and Controlling , which can be used for PMP Exam Preparation as well.

and

PMI® conducted a survey http://blogs.pmi.org/blog/voices_on_project_management/2008-poll-results.html#softskills , and the result was the most important skill a project manger must have is Communication.
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The biggest example is the PMBOK guide itself.

The guide has placed all the above soft skills mentioned in an appendix,
while a whole knowledge area has been dedicated in the form of Project Communication Management Chapter.

Conclusion:

Communication is the most important skill for a Project Manager.

What are your thoughts ?
What other skills you think are most important for a project manager
and
why a project manager must have it?

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