Leadership in Project Management

Underestimating the need for leadership in project management could be the biggest mistake of your career as a manager. Sure, you have a lot to do. Yes, some of your team members just aren’t that motivated. Okay, you’re overworked and tired. Pull yourself together!

As a project manager, you are a leader. There is no question about that. Your team members and stakeholders all look to you for solutions. The question is not whether or not you will lead it is how will you lead.

Plan to Lead using Leadership in Project Management

You are a project manager. You plan stuff and make it happen and you are darn good at it. Planning for leadership in project management should be just as important, if not more so, than planning those spreadsheets, contact lists, emails and deadlines. Think about it. Every project is different, meaning every project team is unique. Every individual needs a different approach to motivate him or her. Have a plan and you will lead your team straight to victory.

Ten Ways to Establish Leadership In Project Management

Are leaders made or born? Both. Whether you are leading your local government or a classroom, as a leader you should have traits that inspire and bring people together for a common goal. Ten traits crucial to successful leadership in project management are:

  • Competency. Leading a team, without having the knowledge and experience to back it up yourself, is nearly impossible. Keep up on all phases of a project.
  • Inspiring. Be strong in character and making decisions. Find out what makes each person want to succeed, and help them achieve their goals.
  • Forward-thinking. You must have a vision for the future and bring your team members on board.
  • Honesty. Sometimes the most difficult trait in project management and life, but your team depends on you to be sincere.
  • Intelligent. Educate yourself. Study, study, study.
  • Broad-minded. Embrace diversity in people and ideas.
  • Courageous. Approach obstacles with courage and don’t be afraid to stick up for yourself and your project team.
  • Fair. Show empathy and equality.
  • Straightforward. Dealing with situations head-on shows you can lead.
  • Imaginative. Be creative with your ideas and solutions and your team will feel free to use their own imagination.
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