Leadership and the Project Manager. Chapter 4. Learning Goals . Understand how project management is a “leader intensive” profession. Distinguish between the role of a manager and the characteristics of a leader.
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“The ability to inspire confidence and support among the people who are needed to achieve organizational goals.”
Project management is leader intensive!
“For the project manager, leadership is the process by which he or she influences the project team to get the job done!”
Important differences exist between the two:
do the right thing
develop new processes
focus on people
focused on potential
earn their position
have long-term goal
do things right
maintain the status quo
focus on systems
strive for control
focused on the bottom line
state their position
Project managers function as mini-CEOs and manage both “hard” technical details and “soft” people issues.
Note: Resources can be considered either personnel or raw material
Definition: The general desire or willingness of someone to do something.
See Herzburg Article - How to Motivate
It is critical for a project manager to maintain strong contact with all stakeholders.
If they do not know what you are doing, they may assume you are doing nothing.
Productive project meetings featuretask orientedand group maintenancebehaviors and serve to:
Emotional intelligence refers to leaders’ ability to understand that effective leadership is part of the emotional and relational transaction between subordinates and themselves.
Five elements characterize emotional intelligence:
A number of studies on effective project leadership reveals these common themes:
What do you think would make an effective project leader?
Champions are fanatics in the single-minded pursuit of their ideas.
Champions can be:
Four competencies determine a project leader’s success: