Informal authority is a key to successful project leadership. In order to gain cooperation and support from people who do not report directly to you need to have informal authority. Trust is an important trait to develop if you are going to have informal authority. Having character and competence are other things you must have.
- Project managers must possess a unique set of skills in order to manage effectively. They will need to bring players from many different departments together for a common project.
- Project managers are not usually the “permanent boss” for the team they are managing, which poses some challenges.
- Projects are usually temporary and thus can be more challenging to manage than ongoing projects due to the scope of work always changing.
“Influence built on character, competence, and trust is critical in developing much needed informal authority. Influence involves the ability to convince others without having to directly apply force. Building trust is the key to exercising influence.”