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Project Leadership



The early development of project management focused heavily on techniques such as the planning and control of large, multi-functional, multi-organizational projects. Whilst these activities remain central to professional project management, the leadership role of the project professional has been increasingly recognized as a key determinant in delivering success.

This program focuses on the leadership skills needed in project situations, where tight budgets and deadlines demand high levels of performance from a team that is frequently changing and where the working environment presents fresh challenges daily.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the significance of leadership skills to the project professionals and the impact of these skills on project performance
  • Review the key skills needed to be an effective, 'multi-dimensional' project leader and learn how to develop, adapt and apply them in practice
  • Learn how to identify the preferred leadership style for the context and organizational culture of a project and how to develop personal style versatility
  • Understand the role of the project leader in building an effective team and the skills required to promote and sustain team performance
  • Gain a better understanding of the interpersonal skills needed to motivate individual team members and harness the full potential of the team

Targeted Audience:

  • Project Managers
  • Managers, Supervisors, and Team Leaders
  • Project Technical
  • Workstream Leaders
  • Individuals who are interested in project management and leadership skills to enhance their profile

Course Outlines:

Unit 1: Project Management and Leadership:

  • What is a leader? how much can leadership be learned?
  • The project environment and the impact of leadership skills
  • The characteristics of high-performance project teams and their leaders
  • Some useful models and theories of leadership explored
  • Types of leadership; choosing how to use leadership power
  • Evaluating personal leadership style; how to develop style flexibility

Unit 2: Essential Skills For Project Leaders: 

  • 3 key dimensions of project leadership: inwards, outwards, and upwards
  • Developing a 'project vision': strategic thinking skills
  • The vital role of communication skills and how to develop them
  • Understanding others; emotional intelligence skills
  • Being a visible leader; behavioral and influencing skills
  • Building effective relationships; the importance of trust and respect

Unit 3: Leading The Project Team: 

  • The role of leadership in developing team performance
  • Understanding individuals in the team; recognizing team role preferences
  • Managing conflict and promoting positive team dynamics
  • Setting standards, maintaining discipline, and rewarding performance
  • Harnessing team potential: building motivation within the team
  • Promoting team learning; the team leader as coach/mentor

Unit 4: Leading Across Organizational Boundaries, Internal and External: 

  • Gaining the support of other leaders; developing effective influencing skills
  • Getting empowerment from key stakeholders
  • Knowing when and how to take the initiative and lead
  • Building and maintaining rapport with key partners
  • Becoming an effective team player in leadership teams
  • Becoming a business leader and leading other leaders

Unit 5: Leading More Senior Stakeholders: 

  • The challenges and skills of leading and managing upwards
  • Communicating with senior stakeholders; building credibility
  • Essential negotiation skills; knowing when and how to negotiate
  • The role of networking skills; building and sustaining rapport
  • Handling disagreements between senior stakeholders; the art of diplomacy
  • Handling personality and style conflicts with more senior people

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