Four Natural Strengths of Women in Project Management Leadership

women in project management leadership | PMIMileHi.orgProject management leaders have unique qualities they can employ to create strong, effective, and productive teams. These leaders must tap into their own strengths as well as those of their team to see projects successfully through to completion.

As it turns out, women in project management leadership have several natural characteristics that make them excellent leaders.

Four Natural Strengths of Women in Project Management Leadership

Though project management may a male dominated profession, there is room for women to demonstrate their talent and show their ability to deliver results in leadership roles. Here are four natural qualities that help many women leaders excel:

1. Emotionally Intelligent

Emotional intelligence is the ability handle your emotions and those of others even in the face of very difficult and challenging situations. Women leaders are able to be resilient and persistent in their pursuit of the bottom line. They are also good listeners even when hearing unpleasant news.

2. Effective Communicators

Women tend to be conversation starters and will often focus on building camaraderie and trust with their team. Getting feedback from the team allows different ideas to be shared and encourages effective collaboration. Women leaders will often focus on improving rapport all while keeping big picture goals in mind. Creating an environment where trust is essential will strengthen team bonds and keep the lines of communication open.

3. Relationship Builders

Women tend to excel at emotional empathy which in turn helps with building rapport and strong relationships with others. This helps them to become authentic leaders who are able to sense how others are feeling and to be supportive during difficult or stressful  circumstances. This strength helps women leaders build excellent teams who return desired outcomes. They see the value of tapping into the talents of their team members which encourages optimal performance.


"There is a lot of evidence that women pay more attention to the quality of relationships versus men." 

~ Corinne Post, Associate Professor of Management Lehigh University's College of Business and Economics


4. Excellent Planners

Women leaders are excellent long-term planners. This means they can manage the day-to-day goals and keep long-range priorities in sight. They have the ability to manage several things at once and know when to shift priorities. This requires discernment, patience, and the ability to adapt to change.


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Today's post was written by Deb Lee.

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