Project Management

Project Management Central

Please login or join to subscribe to this thread

Topics: Benefits Realization, Leadership, Strategy
Great Leadership or Great Results, Which comes first?
My question is triggered on the premise that the predicted population explosion (specifically Africa) will bring about a tremendous amount of PM-related opportunities (see quote below). In underdeveloped countries, the reality is far removed from theory. In order to get to those results i.e. all those houses, hospitals, etc. don't we need great leadership first? In any project, can the PM function and deliver what is required without the backing of proper leadership?

"2050, the population of Africa is expected to be 2.4 billion people. It’s 1.4 billion today.

They have to build 65,000 homes a day, every day, for the next 30 years to accommodate those people. How many hospitals? How many schools? How many roads? Who’s going to do that? How’s that going to happen? And which countries are going to be relevant when that happens? That is a huge amount of project work."
Sort By:
Page: 1 2 next>
Anton,

Although we are always emphasizing how good is to have great leaders, how these improve productivity, innovation, confidence, self-management etc... ( Theory)
I think in the end due to our human nature, the pressure of the economical environment, the lack of respect for ethics and the rare appliance of the principle "is just important to obtains the results but also how we get there" the results will be always the main factor (Practice)

With this i am not saying that all corporations or companies will do that i am just being realistic and predicting that the common practice will be almost always the results unless the world change in a way I had never say in the next decade.

Alexandre
...
1 reply by Anton Oosthuizen
Mar 10, 2020 12:10 AM
Anton Oosthuizen
...
Thanks Alexandre. My concern is related to exactly this gap between this theory of being a good leader and practice. We see so much funding going towards lining the pockets of unethical and corrupt 'leaders' instead of being used to uplift an exploding population.
Anton -

I'd expect that the countries or bodies providing the funding for such infrastructure projects will be doing so under the expectation of strong leadership and expected results, otherwise that funding will dry up.

In some cases, that may be done by providing their own leadership for the more challenging projects or in other cases, that may inspire the local customers to provide (or contract in) qualified leaders.

Kiron
...
1 reply by Anton Oosthuizen
Mar 10, 2020 12:15 AM
Anton Oosthuizen
...
Kiron, you are correct. No country/organization provides funding without some expectations. But politics is a funny thing. The amount of funding provided to developing countries is truly amazing but more amazing is the fact that despite expectations of strong leadership and results, these funds hardly ever end up where it is supposed to go. My personal view is that the real problem we are facing is not the population explosion but rather the lack of leadership.
Dear Anton,

Great leaders do not need to be reminded or rewarded about their leadership skills and see their reward in the results that they deliver.

At the start of a project, greater leadership do not make greater promises but work within their remit and resources to deliver results that exceed everyone's expectations. So they over delivering as apposed to under delivering.

The mega projects that are required to sustain Africa's accelerated growth will occur over many decades and will require numerous equal great leaders to continue on the projects and will involve multiple hand overs.

So the most important aspect of great leadership is to ensure a continuity in quality, execution and dedication for the future project managers so that their is no leadership vacuum and skills gap that could occur that would slow down the delivery of projects and inadvertently slow down growth on the African Continent.

The country where success can be measured will be the countries who layout detailed long tern development plans over decades where growth is sustainable, debt levels are manageable, skilled and trained local resources are available and the desire of the local indigenous population is the main driver for this growth.

Africa has been through numerous starts and stops in growth over the last century so only by engaging and involving the general population of each country will this level of growth be realized.

Daire
...
1 reply by Anton Oosthuizen
Mar 10, 2020 12:18 AM
Anton Oosthuizen
...
You are correct Daire, leadership is not something that is looking to be rewarded or acknowledged.
Anton

I hear your concern and at the same time I tend to agree with Kiron. I am a member of the PM4NGO's community and I myself originally come for a developing country where there are lots of NGO's and projects based on funding.

Strong and supportive leadership are important from both parties (The receiving and funding) otherwise great results might be short term only. In developing countries, normally results are evaluated long term not short term and this requires solid commitment from all parties to ensure benefits are delivered as planned, continuously and without interruption.

RK
...
1 reply by Anton Oosthuizen
Mar 10, 2020 12:21 AM
Anton Oosthuizen
...
Thanks Rami, I agree that there rests a responsibility on both sides to ensure the ethical use of funding.
There is no great leadership without great results. There is no great results without great leadership. There is no "first", they come along.
...
1 reply by Anton Oosthuizen
Mar 10, 2020 12:23 AM
Anton Oosthuizen
...
Mariana while I agree that good leadership and good results go hand in hand I do believe that without the correct leadership achieving good results is very difficult, if not impossible to achieve.
Mar 09, 2020 6:56 AM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
...
Anton,

Although we are always emphasizing how good is to have great leaders, how these improve productivity, innovation, confidence, self-management etc... ( Theory)
I think in the end due to our human nature, the pressure of the economical environment, the lack of respect for ethics and the rare appliance of the principle "is just important to obtains the results but also how we get there" the results will be always the main factor (Practice)

With this i am not saying that all corporations or companies will do that i am just being realistic and predicting that the common practice will be almost always the results unless the world change in a way I had never say in the next decade.

Alexandre
Thanks Alexandre. My concern is related to exactly this gap between this theory of being a good leader and practice. We see so much funding going towards lining the pockets of unethical and corrupt 'leaders' instead of being used to uplift an exploding population.
Mar 09, 2020 7:09 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
...
Anton -

I'd expect that the countries or bodies providing the funding for such infrastructure projects will be doing so under the expectation of strong leadership and expected results, otherwise that funding will dry up.

In some cases, that may be done by providing their own leadership for the more challenging projects or in other cases, that may inspire the local customers to provide (or contract in) qualified leaders.

Kiron
Kiron, you are correct. No country/organization provides funding without some expectations. But politics is a funny thing. The amount of funding provided to developing countries is truly amazing but more amazing is the fact that despite expectations of strong leadership and results, these funds hardly ever end up where it is supposed to go. My personal view is that the real problem we are facing is not the population explosion but rather the lack of leadership.
Mar 09, 2020 7:44 AM
Replying to Daire Guiney
...
Dear Anton,

Great leaders do not need to be reminded or rewarded about their leadership skills and see their reward in the results that they deliver.

At the start of a project, greater leadership do not make greater promises but work within their remit and resources to deliver results that exceed everyone's expectations. So they over delivering as apposed to under delivering.

The mega projects that are required to sustain Africa's accelerated growth will occur over many decades and will require numerous equal great leaders to continue on the projects and will involve multiple hand overs.

So the most important aspect of great leadership is to ensure a continuity in quality, execution and dedication for the future project managers so that their is no leadership vacuum and skills gap that could occur that would slow down the delivery of projects and inadvertently slow down growth on the African Continent.

The country where success can be measured will be the countries who layout detailed long tern development plans over decades where growth is sustainable, debt levels are manageable, skilled and trained local resources are available and the desire of the local indigenous population is the main driver for this growth.

Africa has been through numerous starts and stops in growth over the last century so only by engaging and involving the general population of each country will this level of growth be realized.

Daire
You are correct Daire, leadership is not something that is looking to be rewarded or acknowledged.
Mar 09, 2020 1:25 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
...
Anton

I hear your concern and at the same time I tend to agree with Kiron. I am a member of the PM4NGO's community and I myself originally come for a developing country where there are lots of NGO's and projects based on funding.

Strong and supportive leadership are important from both parties (The receiving and funding) otherwise great results might be short term only. In developing countries, normally results are evaluated long term not short term and this requires solid commitment from all parties to ensure benefits are delivered as planned, continuously and without interruption.

RK
Thanks Rami, I agree that there rests a responsibility on both sides to ensure the ethical use of funding.
Mar 09, 2020 5:34 PM
Replying to Mariana Radov
...
There is no great leadership without great results. There is no great results without great leadership. There is no "first", they come along.
Mariana while I agree that good leadership and good results go hand in hand I do believe that without the correct leadership achieving good results is very difficult, if not impossible to achieve.
Page: 1 2 next>  

Please login or join to reply

Content ID:
ADVERTISEMENTS

"Smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics."

- Fletcher Knebel

ADVERTISEMENT

Sponsors