When you are chosen to lead a project, your job is to:
- Paint a clear picture of what the future will look like when this project is successful.
- Ensure that everyone else can do the work that they need to do.
- Build a project culture and community that naturally moves towards the project goals.
- Communicate the project vision incessantly, checking in with people to make sure that they understand what they are working towards.
- Empathize with your stakeholders. This includes the people who are working on the project, the people who are affected by the outcome (good or bad), and the people who are driving the change.
- Empathize more with stakeholders. Celebrate when they are happy, sympathize when they have difficult times, failures, or are hurt.
- Make sure that the world is a better place when you are done. There is no excuse for making choices that damage people.
- Communicate in a way that helps people learn, grow, and thrive. Your job is not only to make this project successful but to give people the tools to be successful in their next project.
Your job as a project leader is to grow people and deliver results successfully. If you do the first the latter will happen naturally. Your greatest tool is communication.
You’ve got this.