Effective leadership promotes project success and contributes to positive project outcomes and any project team member can demonstrate leadership behaviors. We talk about the difference between leadership and authority. All lessons are based on the PMBOK®, 7th Edition.
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I’m your host, Kaye B and we are talking about effective leadership
Projects create a unique need for effective leadership because it often involves multiple organizations, departments, functions, or vendors that do not interact on a regular basis. In addition projects can carry higher stakes and expectations than regular operational functions.
A project environment that prioritizes vision, creativity, motivation, enthusiasm, encouragement, and empathy can support better outcomes. Leadership comprises the attitude, talent, character, and behaviors to influence individuals within and outside the project team toward the desired outcomes.
Pease note that leadership should not be confused with authority, which is the position of control given to individuals within an organization to foster overall effective and efficient function. While individuals may use their authority to influence, motivate, direct others, or act when others do not perform, this is not the same as leadership. It takes leadership to motivate a group towards a common goal, influence them to align their individual interests in favor of collective effort, and achieve success as a project team rather than as individuals.
That is your PMP in 60 seconds. Next week we are talking about leadership skills and techniques.