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Understand the Risk Attitude of Your Stakeholders

What is your first reaction to a risk? Does it scare you, thrill you, or leave you nonchalant? Indeed, different individuals react to it uniquely because they are born with an exclusive attitude. In this article at PM Study Circle, Fahad Usmani explains the significance of understanding the risk attitude of stakeholders. It helps in managing problems without affecting ongoing projects. So, can you prove you are on top of what is important to your stakeholders?

Uncertainty Matters

Understanding the risk attitude of stakeholders is the key to avert project errors that lead to project failure. So, initiating a plan to manage the unknown and understanding stakeholders’ ability to take risks is the formula to succeed. A business without risks is a strategy without foresight. It limits your creative flow and passion for thriving. So, identify and assess the risk attitude of your stakeholders before proposing a risk management plan to them. Here is a list of different risk attitudes for you to figure out which type your stakeholders happen to be:


People or companies opposing risks belong to an evasive category. They have zero tolerance for threats or are cautious of trying risky measures until they get enormous rewards. Be ready to suffer from a bumpy road to profit with risk-averse stakeholders.

Risk Seeker

Also known as risk-takers, this category of people has acceptance for any amount of threats. They take the severity of risks lightly and believe in turning them into an opportunity to outshine. They enjoy taking risks, and on rare occasions, they suffer losses without losing sleep over them. So, working with stakeholders with a much positive attitude towards risks is an opportunity in itself because you get to learn a lot.


A neutral attitude leads to objective thinking. Stakeholders taking calculated risks belong to this category. Stakeholders evaluate different methods and tools to address issues and fix them with a well-thought-out decision and a risk-neutral perspective.


Tolerance is the by-product of forgiving. People with a risk-tolerant attitude ignore emerging threats. Their attitude makes them suffer because they wait till an issue becomes large. As a project manager, it is your job to make the lives of stakeholders easy. By correctly identifying their attitude, you can strategically deal with them. It is great to be on top of what is important to your stakeholders. So, act like a risk-neutral professional and make an objective choice. Click on the following link to read the original article:

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