A great project leader is, without question, the best predictor of project success. Even a well scoped out, well funded, and well supported project is doomed without the right leadership in place. And with transformational change occurring in healthcare, every organization needs one.
But great project leaders are rare. They have an uncommon range of skills not found in your average project manager. They are strategic thinkers who can effortlessly navigate the C-suite, master tacticians who can align every project variable, and persistent taskmasters who leave no stone unturned—all wrapped into one. They defy the laws of project management and make the impossible possible.
There are three core attributes associated with the best project leaders:
In essence, character is what separates the best from the rest—tough, principled people who thrive on getting things done.
If you have project leaders like this in your organization, hold on to them—they are worth their weight in gold. If you don’t have them, find them. You’re going to need them.