You can probably guess what the leading topic of 2020 is. But the close second is The Office leaving Netflix. Whether you preferred Ricky Gervais as David Brent or Steve Carrell as Michael Scott, you can still appreciate cringe-worthy management gaffes. The 2020 shift from office to remote working brought other changes like shifting from management to leadership, especially for small teams. By this time next year, project management will mean something completely different. If you’re reading this and clutching your Gantt charts, don’t panic. Adaptation is closer than you think.
Before the pandemic, management had evolved into a tech-heavy tracking and productivity machine. But now, management has to adopt soft-skills that are difficult to quantify. What does this all mean? It means that work/life balance has been replaced with an activity continuum. Corporate projects are competing with at-home learning and trips to the grocery store. And like it or not, a fantastic quarterly report may have little weight when competing with a 3rd-grade school project. What is the main difference between managers and leaders? Inspiration. If you lead a team, you must not only keep the timeline running, but you must inspire your team to perform. If “inspiration” is a little too ethereal, start with empathy. Showing your team you are all in the same boat and can succeed together is a good way to bridge the gap between management and leadership. Best of all, inspiration is infectious.
Shifting from management to leadership can be tricky, but it is necessary to succeed. At BCT, you can find the right environment to succeed in your career.