Be a Leader and Climb the Ladder

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Leadership skills, alongside people skills like communication and negotiation, are more important than ever, according to this year’s Pulse of the Profession® report. But what does it take to gain and use leadership skills—and be recognized for that so as to pave the way for promotion and more responsibility?

In this month’s PM Network® magazine, we hear from a portfolio manager, chief project officer and PMO director who explain how they climbed the organizational ladder through developing and deploying leadership skills.

Sydney, Australia-based Ada Osakwe, PMP, portfolio manager with Qantas, attributes her growth to pushing herself and exploring all parts of a business to build knowledge and perspective. She says that rotating into different business units every couple of years serves to challenge herself to grow as a leader. She also has a performance plan that lists leadership training she wants to complete each year. On top of that, Ms. Osakwe has a professional development plan that she constantly updates.

Olawepo Ogunniyi, PMP, who is chief project officer of DropQue in Lagos, Nigeria, attributes continuous learning for helping him take on greater challenges and strengthening his leadership abilities. Besides completing a master’s degree in project management and teaching project management courses, Mr. Ogunniyi gained leadership skills while in the banking industry by helping lead projects dealing with acquiring another bank and deploying a large number of ATMs. And he attributes volunteer work in the community for broadening his perspectives on what leadership is.

Chicago, Illinois, USA-based Renee Cardella, PMP, is a PMO director at Press Ganey Associates. She attributes her promotion to a similar PMO post at another company to curiosity and a willingness to ask questions. Early on, she faced a leading-up challenge of convincing her CIO that her organization needed to elevate its project management maturity. She gained her current post by stressing her leadership experience. That was necessary because Press Ganey mainly uses agile approaches and Ms. Cardella’s previous experience was strictly waterfall.

The moral of all these stories is that leadership and people skills pay off, but like everything else, you have to learn and want to learn.

What are your experiences with obtaining and using leadership skills to grow your career?

Posted on: August 02, 2018 09:33 AM | Permalink

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Thanks for sharing

Very interesting read. What I take from this article is that leadership, communication, and negotiation skills are essential in project management.

good sharing!!!

Grea summary, Dan. Thanks. Gaining leadership skills is a continuous journey.

Good summary. I will check it out!

Thanks for sharing the updates !!

Very good article, Dan. Thanks.

Good to see our Qantas has some top PMP leaders.

Thank you for the post. I'm interested in reading this.

I'd like to highlight the importance of certification, which can tie directly with volunteer work. I took a PMP certification preparation course through the local PMI chapter, which enabled me to build some initial contacts in PMI.

Certification can help you stand out in your organization, in terms of leadership opportunities, and serve as the foundation for ongoing learning in project management.

To the extent that organizations reach maturity, the need for the performance of their leaders in the increase of their economic results, in their approach towards clients and in the policy of satisfying their needs, and the influence of these between the groups and organizations in which they are integrated, enhancing human behavior in the achievement of the goals set and a very important role within the organizational scope.

From this perspective, the processes of leadership and leadership are continually being taken up again today to incorporate them successfully into the complex business world. Successful companies reflect every day more, the importance of management relying on a correct generation of Management Skills and leadership as a process of influence on human behavior, in order to achieve specific goals and thereby increase the performance of your organization.

Great Article. I agree learning is very very important.

Very nice post Dan. In fact communication and negotiations skills in particular are for leadership like nerves are for blood.

Thanks for sharing,Dan.Great article. Learning is the base then you can practice what you are learning and beyond it.

Leadership, for me, starts with transparency and coherence. And it's an everyday learning/practice.

Dan, nice interpretation on leadership skills!

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