The project manager’s role can be divided into two; first leading and influencing people and second managing things like the project’s cost, scope, schedule and other project objectives. From the above understanding on the role of project manager, we see that decision making, leadership and influencing power are the most important aspects of delivering projects successfully. And, Military Veterans have all these “most often used” interpersonal skills!
The major reason why you should hire a military Veteran as next project manager is their ability to make a decision. To lead, influence and manager project successfully and achieving the project’s objectives and expectations needs a smart decision-making skill; and undoubtedly Veterans’ decision-making skills are acute! Many Veterans’ career is a chain of missions they have planned, synchronized and executed, and communicated about. That’s project management! The role of project managers is to initiate, plan, execute, monitor and control, and close the project.
Another important quality of Veterans required in project managers is leadership. Veterans have developed the ability to lead iteratively and formally, improved in often difficult, resource-constrained circumstances. Military leaders attend the formal leadership schools and study formal coursework on the art, craft and science of leadership. They not only have theoretical knowledge, but they also get placed into leadership roles to polish their leadership skills. Veteran’s leadership quality is not developed randomly; it is focused, rigorous, conscious and application-oriented.
The last but not least quality required to be a successful project manager is influencing power. Although many human resources professionals think Veterans are very strict and are rigid command-and-controllers, but the fact is many of veterans don’t do that. To get work done, project managers cannot pressurize their subordinates; rather they can achieve their goals by influencing and convincing people to achieve their individual goal, which eventually help project managers to meet their goals. The Veterans have ability to learn about the people in their surroundings and understand their fears and desires, and they motivate people to achieve their goals.
As we all can see, Veterans have all three major interpersonal skills required to plan, manage and deliver the project value consistently. Apart from above skills, they also have other skills like team building, communication, motivation, political and cultural awareness, trust building, negotiation, coaching and conflict management. So, if your organization is looking to hire next project manager, Veterans are the best option to be considered!
To support the thought of hiring Veteran as a Project Manager, we at MSys training are initiating a step to assist them to be a certified PMP professional without any cost.