Project Management

Leadership-Powered Project Management

Tom's latest eBook has been released on Amazon: "The 7 Myths of IT Integrations". Tom is also a Program Director for a large Midwest corporation and has been an adjunct faculty member at Walsh College. He has managed global web initiatives, data center moves and large multi-million dollar programs.

Of the few disparities that seem to exist in the project management field today, one of the biggest and more elusive seems to be leadership. All project managers are not automatically great leaders because they took a few courses in critical path schedules, resource planning or objective setting. There isn’t a certification for leadership, nor is there a guaranteed development path you can follow to become one.
Throughout history, political, military and business leaders have come from all walks of life with vastly different styles, but they shared some similar leadership qualities. Think of Washington and Lincoln, Gates and Welch, Churchill and Eisenhower. As a project manager, you would be well served to examine and take stock of your own leadership skills.
Here are some of the similar traits that are common among great leaders. These are traits that will set you apart as a leader and distinguish you from the field of everyone else. As an extra bonus, I’ll let you in on the single greatest and most underestimated leadership attribute you should not ignore. So, without any further delay:
1. Set Big Goals
A large part of leading people is motivating and inspiring them to achieve something that hasn’t been done before, either on your team, in your company or in the market. People, for the most part, usually aren’t too excited…

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"Ambition is like a frog sitting on a Venus Flytrap. The flytrap can bite and bite, but it won't bother the frog because it only has little tiny plant teeth. But some other stuff could happen and it could be like ambition."

- Jack Handey