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01st Jul 2022
Leadership in project management is both a challenging and rewarding duty. But each individual needs to adopt specific skills and techniques to become an effective and successful project manager.
Leadership is a process of social influence focused on maximising the efforts of a team to achieve a goal. It involves creating a concept, motivating people to engage with it, managing the delivery, and building a team that cohesively works towards a common vision.
But there are many different ways to achieve this — these differing approaches are commonly referred to as ‘leadership styles’. A leadership style refers to methods and behaviours when directing, motivating, and managing others. Some of the different types of leadership styles include:
Each style has its own strengths and weaknesses and goes through phases of popularity. For example, autocratic leadership is widely out of vogue in favour of transformational leadership — it would be rare to encounter it in a setting like a creative agency. However, it might be the best approach for a call centre geared at generating sales leads where processes are highly scripted. Experimenting with different styles will help you find a balance that suits you and gets the best out of your employees.
Leadership in project management primarily refers to leading a team towards completing a project in a timely manner. Project leadership management is an important soft skill in which one needs to simultaneously manage people, tasks, and objectives. Just like leadership styles, there are different project management leadership styles.
Project management leadership styles vary based on the person’s personality and the style of leadership they naturally gravitate to. Based on the project leadership matrix, there are four types of leadership styles one can adopt for various situations, including:
Project management leaders are integrators who work on keeping the organisation’s objectives at the forefront while utilising resources to overcome challenges, helping the team succeed and achieve their goals. The primary role of the project leader is to lead a project from start to finish. This includes wearing multiple hats all at once. Some tasks involved in project management leadership include:
Project management leadership is a tough yet rewarding job. While most project managers are naturally equipped to lead, soft skill attributes are certainly required to become a successful leader in a professional setting. Some of the essential attributes needed in project management leadership include:
The key to strengthening project management leadership is to emulate project leaders you look up to, enjoy working with or feel motivated by. You can also add dimension to your leadership by implementing six core principles to propel you towards success. These include:
The Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) is Australia’s longest-serving project management body. A proud provider of project management (PM) resources, certification, and continued professional development, we are an evolving organisation focused on helping you and your organisation grow. We’ll help you hone your aptitude, nurture your skills, and prepare you for success in project management leadership.
Get ready to take advantage of AIPM’s project leadership courses today. With us, you can advance your leadership skills in a painless, streamlined process while unlocking your potential in our performance-oriented project leadership workshop. If you have any questions, please contact us to learn more about the AIPM difference. We look forward to connecting with you.
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