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An important leadership skill is to be able to recognize your strengths and limitations and obtain guidance from the right experts.

In this video, Christina Moats-Xavier, Deputy Program Manager for NASA’s Earth Science Pathfinder Program, talks about the importance of recognizing your strengths and personal limitations and identifying when you might need help from others.

Video key learning points:

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    Recognize when you might need help or expert advice from other team members and people from outside of your team to get additional insight.

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    Consult with experts to get feedback on any new ideas or plans you want to implement.

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    Being aware of your personal limitations allows you to recognize the skills and expertise of others on your team.

  4. 4.

    Ask for constructive feedback on how you are performing from people you work closely with at your job.

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    What has worked for you as a leader on past projects may not be the best solution for a new project. Listening to ideas from people who have more expertise in an area might help you develop a more effective strategy for a new project.

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    Program managers need to learn how to get comfortable with working at a higher level of detail and solving big problems from a larger perspective.


Related Resources

Full Session: 7 Habits of Highly Effective (NASA) Program Managers

APPEL KS: Program Management Series

APPEL KS: Program and Project Management Resources


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