Naomi shares her insights on why assertiveness is vital for women project managers for delivering successful projects, getting what they want, and commanding respect.
Handling high-stakes project situations without seeming either shy or pushy is a critical skill that every project manager must develop. I had the pleasure of talking to Naomi Caietti, a leadership expert, on how assertiveness training is particularly important for women project managers, especially those who are working in the highly technical and engineering fields. Naomi shares her insights on why assertiveness is vital for women project managers for delivering successful projects, getting what they want, and commanding respect.
Naomi Caietti is the Founder and CEO of a Women’s Network launched this Fall 2013 called “The Glass Breakers”. Naomi was last years’ theme chair for International Project Management Day: Women in Project Management. She is a global speaker, published author and a featured subject matter expert for the ProjectManagement.com community that reaches over 550K members. She recently spoke for IPM Day Symposium 2013 for 1000 PMs at Alcatel-Lucent, is regularly published in PMI publications including a January 2013 PM Network article called “The Blame Game” and was a contributing PM Celebrity author to Peter Taylor’s book “The Project Manager Who Smiled” released June 2013.
I asked Naomi the following questions:
- Why is it important for women in technical and PM fields to learn to be more assertive? Tell us how this skill has helped you be a successful technical engineer and PM in public and private sector?
- Can learning situational leadership be helpful for women leaders to refine their approaches on how to be assertive in their organizations?
- How can a leader gauge their ability to be assertive?
- Are there situations when a leader should avoid being assertive?
- How is a leader perceived if this skill is underused or overused?
- You talk about four types of assertiveness that a leader can use in working with their team, stakeholders, sponsor and functional managers?
- What are some tips to help women learn to develop their skills as a positive assertive leader?
- What kind of training should you consider adding to your personal development plan to be a more confident assertive leader?
- What are key assertiveness communication techniques? What is your most powerful assertiveness word you can use? Why?
- What are some key takeaways for Women PMs to learn the art of assertiveness?
- In closing, what are you working on these days and how can our listeners find out more about you and contact you?
More about Naomi Caietti:
Naomi Caietti is a credentialed project manager, consultant and enterprise architect with 27+ years of public and private information technology (IT) project leadership expertise. Naomi is one of the top influential project management professionals (PMP) on twitter, a top contributor to the #PMChat for Community of Project Managers and is highly recommended for her project management leadership for the State of California and in her global PM community.
Among her other experiences, Naomi has served on PMI-SVC Board of Directors and held other leadership roles for PMI Global Operations Center (GOC) at the local, regional, and global level for a Component, Special, Member and Leadership Interest/Advisory Group. She is also a 2007 graduate of PMI’s Leadership Institute Master Class Program and proud alumni of California State University, Sacramento, California. She lives in Northern California and enjoys outdoor activities with her family and her two beloved dogs, Brownie and Biskit.
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