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What impact does leadership have on your projects?
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Hi Jorge,
The overall impact of leadership in projects is strategic.For instance Chief Execution Officers (CEO) as the names implies are ultimately responsible for the successful execution of projects. It is not enough for the CEO to formulate strategy for a project and fade away.

The CEO must ensure that the Human Resources Department and the Project Manager acquire the best personnel to prosecute the project strategy. After PM and HR specify job description and conduct job interview, suitable and qualified candidates could be identified and selected, for presentation to the CEO for final approval.
The people process (HR) is the link between strategy and operations. Since strategy rest in the minds of people and people are meant to be the most valuable assets of organizations, leadership must ensure the right people are in place and available in order to ensure the realization of organisational strategic objectives.

Furthermore leadership styles could have a positive or negative impact on the organisation climate depending on the style that is adopted in a particular situation.
According to a Havard Business Review article, coercive style has the most negative impact on organizational climate, while the Authoritative and coaching style of leadership has the most positive impact on organizational climate. The article further went on to state that all 6 styles (Authoritative, Democratic, Affiliative,Couching,pace setting and Coercive ) have their pros and cons and it is best for a leader to be familiar with each of them and know when it is best to apply any one style depending on a particular situation
Finally if the right personnel are not available or if impact of leadership style is negative, performance and results will be negative.
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1 reply by Jorge Paz
Jul 03, 2019 11:30 AM
Jorge Paz
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Thanks!!!
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Jul 03, 2019 11:02 AM
Replying to Paul Azanor
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Hi Jorge,
The overall impact of leadership in projects is strategic.For instance Chief Execution Officers (CEO) as the names implies are ultimately responsible for the successful execution of projects. It is not enough for the CEO to formulate strategy for a project and fade away.

The CEO must ensure that the Human Resources Department and the Project Manager acquire the best personnel to prosecute the project strategy. After PM and HR specify job description and conduct job interview, suitable and qualified candidates could be identified and selected, for presentation to the CEO for final approval.
The people process (HR) is the link between strategy and operations. Since strategy rest in the minds of people and people are meant to be the most valuable assets of organizations, leadership must ensure the right people are in place and available in order to ensure the realization of organisational strategic objectives.

Furthermore leadership styles could have a positive or negative impact on the organisation climate depending on the style that is adopted in a particular situation.
According to a Havard Business Review article, coercive style has the most negative impact on organizational climate, while the Authoritative and coaching style of leadership has the most positive impact on organizational climate. The article further went on to state that all 6 styles (Authoritative, Democratic, Affiliative,Couching,pace setting and Coercive ) have their pros and cons and it is best for a leader to be familiar with each of them and know when it is best to apply any one style depending on a particular situation
Finally if the right personnel are not available or if impact of leadership style is negative, performance and results will be negative.
Thanks!!!
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No more than other types of variables I have to take into account.
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It depends on what you mean by "leadership". Do you mean leadership at the project management level, at the project sponsor level, or at the project team level? Furthermore, leadership is pretty broad, ranging from listening all the way to team building.

Having said that, it has been stated that an organization's most important resource is not their employees but rather their leaders. (Leaders in the informal sense, not in the organizational hierarchy sense.) The thinking is that an organization's leaders can improve employees' performance. Therefore, I would say good leadership can greatly help projects.
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Jul 03, 2019 1:51 PM
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Thank for response, i mean Leadership in all levels!!!
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Jul 03, 2019 1:22 PM
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It depends on what you mean by "leadership". Do you mean leadership at the project management level, at the project sponsor level, or at the project team level? Furthermore, leadership is pretty broad, ranging from listening all the way to team building.

Having said that, it has been stated that an organization's most important resource is not their employees but rather their leaders. (Leaders in the informal sense, not in the organizational hierarchy sense.) The thinking is that an organization's leaders can improve employees' performance. Therefore, I would say good leadership can greatly help projects.
Thank for response, i mean Leadership in all levels!!!
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In my opinion, most successful projects are managed by leaders and not PM's. We literally have hundreds of projects on-going at any given time, and for the most part, projects muddle along towards their goal without real vision and purpose, and ultimately are not successful in the truest sense. That being said, trying to be a true leader in a very bureaucratic environment is very challenging to say the least.
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Some project management methodologies require more leadership than others when applied in the real world. If you look at SCRUM and Agile approaches, SCRUM uses the title Scrum Master for the main leadership role as the role is more in line with a Subject Mater Expert than a Leader. Agile Approach though using the title Project Manager, implemented in a slimed down management environment especial amongst starts up and Small to Medium Size Enterprise takes a different approach to leadership. Agile applied in large organisation also takes a different approach as the project team can rely on the resources of being located in a large organisation.. Ideally leadership should come from communication between the Project Sponsors and Project Manager and how the Project Sponsors requirements are translated into Project deliverables by the Project Manager. The more developed a project team is ideally the less hand on the requirement for leadership.
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2 replies by Daire Guiney and Jorge Paz
Jul 08, 2019 12:55 PM
Jorge Paz
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You comment that the highly developed teams use less leadership, do you mean that these teams have no influence from another member of the team? If this team has a new challenge, what happens with the leadership? necessary?
Jul 08, 2019 4:54 PM
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Leadership and collaborations are two different things. Leadership is taking a group of individuals and shaping them into a team with a specific function to deliverable results. Also a leader must remove the noise in the communication, that is when team members infuse a different message into the team other than that of the Project Manager.
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Leadership is vitally important to the overall success of the project. There are many decisions to be made throughout the project; leadership helps garner buy-in, trust, influence, and a unified vision to success.
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It is leadership not management that keeps the team on track for the success of the project. So leadership is vital for success of any project
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Jul 06, 2019 12:42 PM
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Some project management methodologies require more leadership than others when applied in the real world. If you look at SCRUM and Agile approaches, SCRUM uses the title Scrum Master for the main leadership role as the role is more in line with a Subject Mater Expert than a Leader. Agile Approach though using the title Project Manager, implemented in a slimed down management environment especial amongst starts up and Small to Medium Size Enterprise takes a different approach to leadership. Agile applied in large organisation also takes a different approach as the project team can rely on the resources of being located in a large organisation.. Ideally leadership should come from communication between the Project Sponsors and Project Manager and how the Project Sponsors requirements are translated into Project deliverables by the Project Manager. The more developed a project team is ideally the less hand on the requirement for leadership.
You comment that the highly developed teams use less leadership, do you mean that these teams have no influence from another member of the team? If this team has a new challenge, what happens with the leadership? necessary?
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