Why Should A Project Manager Motivate The Team?

Much has been written about the importance of “soft skills” for a project manager (or any manager for that matter) in developing a team that can work collaboratively and deliver successful projects PMP certification . These soft skills.

One of the skills that an experienced project manager will often cite as essential is that of being self-motivated – so there is an implicit assumption that project managers are self-motivated but the project team members are not; that they need to be motivated by the project manager.

Yet it is practically impossible to teach a grown adult to be self-motivated – to want to do a good job for their own self-satisfaction and sense of achievement – so what is the benefit of attempting to motivate staff? Does it actually do any good or should we just stop trying to motivate people who are unmotivated and replace them with people.

And, yes, of course a good project manager will have argued for more realistic deadlines and recognition for the individuals on the project team etc. but business realities do not always coincide with the needs and wants of the individual employees – especially in tough economic times.

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