Seven quotes to inspire and deliver success

06 May 2021 · 2 min read
PMI’s senior leaders on how they are helping moving the company forward, faster.
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Don’t be afraid of risks

“A good leader is a risk-taker who has the backs of their people. But they don’t necessarily tell their people how to do the next three steps—that’s the transition you have to make from manager to leader. We also need to give people—at all levels of their career—the opportunity to be exposed to leaders who they can get the measure of and mimic. The question we should inspire every team member to ask themselves is: ‘How am I going to be like that, but be me while doing it?’”

Marian Salzman, Senior Vice President, Global Communications

 


Take the heat for your team

“Success is on the team. Failure’s on the leader. Resilience is important. Many things are happening at once, so be sure to stay focused. Agility is also vital.”

Frederic de Wilde, President, European Union Region

Marian Salzman,
Senior Vice President, Global Communications

Frederic de Wilde,
President, European Union Region

 

Stay curious

“To drive transformation, you must be prepared to learn from those around you—at every level of the organization. So, you must remain open, curious, and ready to ask your colleagues, ‘What do you think? What would you do in this situation?’ That’s how you move the needle and work through ambiguity, uncertainty, and anxiety. It’s how you can really make change happen.”

Michael Kunst, Senior Vice President, Commercial Transformation

Be a leader—not a boss

“A boss tells you what to do. A leader makes you want to do it. You have to be able to delegate, trust your team, expect them to take risks, and not punish them the moment they fail. On the contrary, you should praise what has been learned from failure and apply those lessons moving forward.”

Mario Masseroli, President, Latin America and Canada Region

Michael Kunst,
Senior Vice President, Commercial Transformation

Mario Masseroli,
President, Latin America and Canada Region

Point out opportunities, as well as problems

“It’s important to look for the opportunities for change and the best practices outside your own company. That means keeping an open mind and being willing to experiment. Being someone who just points out the problems isn’t enough. You have to point out the opportunities, make them happen, and be optimistic about the future.”

Martin King, CEO, PMI America

Be empathetic

“You have to have empathy for your team members. This is a vital part of leadership. You need to put yourself into their shoes, care about their problems, and suggest solutions. You also need to recognize and reward their success—otherwise, you will be detached from your team.”

Bin Li, Chief Product Officer

Martin King,
CEO, PMI America

 

Bin Li,
Chief Product Officer

Be a doer

“We need to be ‘leader-doers,’ and not just inspect and review. We must contribute personally to the change.”

Deepak Mishra, Chief Strategy Officer

Deepak Mishra,
Chief Strategy Officer