• Tara Humphrey

The Intentional Project Manager Exercises Courage

Updated: Nov 7, 2018

Back in July, I created a blog series titled the Intentional Project Manager, where I identified 9 attributes that every intentional project manager should have. These included that an intentional project manager: 

Is a social butterfly

Plans for the week ahead

Switches off

Strikes balance between producing quick wins and taking the time to do things properly

Knows their strengths

Aims to be one step ahead

Practices discernment

Perseveres and is resilient

Has an exit strategy

What I failed to include was the need for courage. Now, we don’t need to be hero’s, in one of its earliest forms, the word courage is meant "to speak one's mind by telling all one's heart." You may be thinking, Tara you are only a project manager and this seems a bit dramatic but stick with me…...

In a work context exercising courage may mean instigating a difficult conversation, or if you are a business owner or self-employed, this may mean having the courage to leave a contract early because you are no longer a good fit.

To me, exercising courage is about knowing yourself, honouring your values and being yourself especially when others may expect you to conform and uphold the status quo even when things clearly aren’t working. It can also mean exposing your true ego which could result in your position being put at risk.

Without courage, life can be miserable.

Now that may all seem a bit scary BUT, when I have exercised courage the rewards have always been great. Sometimes, not always immediately, but in the end things have always worked out.

I believe that when an intentional project manager exercises courage, the project and the project manager are always better for it.