Project Manager to Project Leader? and the Rocky Road Between...
Abstract: In recent years there has been a spate of publications on "Leadership" and “Team Building” bynumerous authors such as Bennis, Drucker, Covey, Depree, Byham, McLean and Weitzel,Dilenschneider, Fisher, Batten and others. Much of this has been directed to the "Captains of NorthAmerican Industry". However, in our opinion, leadership, management and team building, while allclosely allied, are sufficiently different in the project environment that they require special study.The old image of a powerful project personality with a burning vision of the future state rounding up thetroops and charging off to Nirvana, is hardly consistent with modern management thinking.Consequently, some of the current concepts of leadership and attributes required of the leader of anenterprise need to be carefully rethought when applied in the project context. That is, if a project is tosucceed and be viewed as successful. So the question is: What sort of leadership or management is themost relevant to project management in the decade of the 1990s and beyond?Considering the extent of management literature published in recent years, it might be thought that thisis no longer an issue. However, few writers actually define leadership and the context is generally not inthe project environment. To understand the difference, it is necessary to examine both the requirementsof a project team and the changes that occur through the project life cycle.
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...Instead, effective leadership is the ability to get things done through others while winning their respect, confidence, loyalty, willing cooperation and commitment ( Verma and Wideman, 1994...