In this chapter
Why do we include a chapter on "leading" a project when most introductory project management books won't go near it? Quite simply, a person "manages" processes, but "leads" people…and people accomplish projects.
While the skill set for effective project management consists of the project management fundamentals we have discussed so far in this book (along with general business management, communication, and technical skills mentioned in Chapter 2, "The Project Manager"), they are all interlaced with leadership skills as depicted in Figure 16.1.
Figure 16.1. Integration of leadership skills.
In today's world, there is an overwhelming need for individuals who can serve both as project manager and project leader, yet it is a challenge to find individuals who can perform both roles effectively. Why is this? In general, it's the difference between the art and the science of project management. The difference between the soft skills and the hard skills and knowing how much of which one to apply. And in many unfortunate projects, the lack of leadership or the use of an ineffective leadership approach actually creates problems that did not otherwise exist.
In this chapter, we will review the aspects of a project that need leadership and how leading a project is different from managing a project. In addition, we will explore the key components of project leadership, the power of the servant leadership approach, and the common traits of effective project leaders. With this awareness and understanding, you will be much more prepared to serve as both project manager and project leader, even on your first assignment.
Part i. Project Management Jumpstart
Project Management Overview
The Project Manager
Essential Elements for any Successful Project
Part ii. Project Planning
Defining a Project
Planning a Project
Developing the Work Breakdown Structure
Estimating the Work
Developing the Project Schedule
Determining the Project Budget
Part iii. Project Control
Controlling a Project
Managing Project Changes
Managing Project Deliverables
Managing Project Issues
Managing Project Risks
Managing Project Quality
Part iv. Project Execution
Leading a Project
Managing Project Communications
Keys to Better Project Team Performance
Ending a Project