8 Essential Project Management Skills For Leaders

Jul 10, 2021 1 min read
8 Essential Project Management Skills For Leaders

What project management skills do you need to run a project or be part of a project team? In this post, we introduce the key project management skills.

Whether you are new to project management or an old hand, there are several things you need to do well to succeed.

These are the key skills or competencies of project management and leading business change.

This post is part of a series of posts by the Lazy Leader on project management. Visit our Index of Project Management Articles for some quick jumping around.

Essential Project Management Skills

In Top 3 Project Management Skills we introduced three fundamental characteristics of the project manager: engaging stakeholders, managing risks and planning and control.

These characteristics each require different project management skills, and different leadership skills. You may have a talent for organizing things, but project management is a particular kind of management that needs other skills to overcome the challenges projects bring.

The following list defines eight essential project management skills we cover in this series of posts:

  • risk and issue management,
  • communication,
  • scope and initiation,
  • quality management,
  • organization management,
  • time management,
  • project integration management, and
  • cost management.

We deal with each of the key project management skills and introduce some basic methods and personal insight that will help keep you and your projects on track.

Diagram showing the key project management skills: risk and issue management, communication, scope and initiation, quality management, organization management,time management, project integration, and cost management.
Essential Project Management Skills

What’s more, throughout this series of posts and articles, you will find an underlying theme: keeping things simple. Doing the basics consistently well is crucial to success. So, whatever style you bring to your leadership role, choose the right tools, keep using them, and learn your craft.


What do you think are the most important skills a project manager should have? You are welcome to tell us about your experiences in the comments.

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