Project management is not just about delivering on time, scope, budget and quality. It’s about developing people, teams and individuals. Project leaders can learn the essential people skills that can make the difference between success and failure on a project, regardless of culture and geographic locale.
The leadership skills needed by project teams are different from those required of organisational leaders.
For project teams, factors such as changing team members, an unclear framework or project context, and budget adjustments can make a larger and more rapid impact on efficiency and performance than when those same changes occur at the organisational level. Project teams most often cite examples of good leadership as being able to inspire others, and secure the confidence and support of stakeholders.
Project leaders must also be able to:
– Develop people, communications and interpersonal skills
– Manage stress effectively
– Solve problems
– Manage time
– Facilitate teamwork
– Mediate and solve conflicts
– Human Resource Management
– Professionalism and ethics