International Project Management Day (3 November 2022) recognises the amazing contributions of project managers around the globe. To honour this day, we celebrate some star project managers – historical to modern day – who have made their mark on the world and left behind an incredible legacy.
A project manager could be likened to the conductor of an orchestra: the person responsible for coordinating all the moving parts to create something of value. Project managers bring projects to fruition, working either on the front lines or behind the scenes to manage people, deadlines and budgets. Successful project managers need to excel at communication, organisation, negotiation, time management, problem-solving, conflict management, motivation, adaptability and leadership. Let’s check out some project managers who possessed these skills in abundance and changed the course of history – some of them long before the term ‘project manager’ was even coined.