Are You Ready to Take the Next Step to Leadership?

Now that the baby boomers are finally retiring – and doing so in huge numbers – we are facing a dramatic void in willing and able people to take up those positions. This is a problem for many organizations but an opportunity for many of us.
Now that the baby boomers are finally retiring – and doing so in huge numbers – we are facing a dramatic void in willing and able people to take up those positions. This is a problem for many organizations but an opportunity for many of us.
Now that the baby boomers are finally retiring – and doing so in huge numbers – we are facing a dramatic void in willing and able people to take up those positions. This is a problem for many organizations but an opportunity for many of us.

Many of us in the project management space aspire to a leadership position sometime in the future and this is a good thing. 

Now that the baby boomers are finally retiring – and doing so in huge numbers – we are facing a dramatic void in willing and able people to take up those positions.  This is a problem for many organizations but an opportunity for many of us.

I suggest to all project managers out there, maybe it’s time to step up and start thinking about a leadership position – beyond project management.   

Here are a few things you should know:

          you don’t have to be a project manager all your life

          you are a great candidate for a career tracking toward leadership

          at the rate organizations are losing senior leaders, this movement is going to happen quickly     

You don’t have to be a project manager all your life.  About 3 million people have been members of the PMI® at some part of their career.  There are roughly 500,000 members now.  Where did all the others go?

          retired or passed away

          still project managers without PMI® membership

          new positions beyond the role of the project manager

I suggest that the last group will explode in numbers in the future as many of us realize that we can leave this space and move on up to a leadership position.

So what can you do now to prepare yourself for the next phase?

          take leadership courses – any and all

          find a coach who can help you strategize around this journey

          find any opportunity, in and outside of work, to take on a leadership position of any kind: not-for-profit or charitable groups would love to have you as part of their team. Look for fund raising events, art shows, concerts, your child’s wedding, high school reunion – there are lots of projects out there looking for your leadership skills

          have a plan that will take you from where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow

That’s the good news.  One word of warning… this is not an easy journey. Many of us are accustomed to being the project manager, with our hands on almost every piece of the puzzle.  Leaders can’t do this.  Leaders need to be looking at the big picture – thinking and acting strategically and this is not something that will typically come naturally to you. This will take an effort.     

So, are you ready? The time to start is now.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “Are You Ready to Take the Next Step to Leadership?”

  1. Hi David! Great advice… opportunities for advancement and promotion abound and let’s hope “new thinking” replaces some of the old, including that of governance in the public and healthcare sectors.

    Having the PMP designation and experience is a great asset but I was “saddened” (okay, not really sad) that you didn’t cite “Lean Six Sigma” (LSS) skills as a great asset for future leaders. I have always viewed the PMP and LSS as highly complementary… have both!

    With that in mind… a blatant promotion to invite all PMP’s to take advantage of RPM-Academy’s complete Lean Six Sigma resource library available as a low cost monthly subscription. https://platinum-rpmacademy.talentlms.com. A FREE registration comes with three free courses.

    Thanks, as always, for the insightful articles, David. Wishing you and and the PMP global community a very safe and rewarding year ahead.

    cheers, Rod.

  2. Thanks Rod. Lean Six Sigma experience will definitely cntribute to a solid foundation for future leaders. It all helps.

  3. Where do I find a coach? I haven’t found one in my current position. My career goal is to lead a PMO.

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