The 6 Sins of Project Leadership

Project managers are sometimes viewed as mechanics assigned to fix a problem, rather than leaders who implement an organization’s strategy. But 21st Century PMs must exhibit a wide range of leadership skills to guide cross-functional teams that deliver value through major initiatives. And to succeeed, they overcome these six “sins” of leadership.

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Leadership Counsel: Develop the Vision To Take You Higher

The project management profession has evolved significantly since its early years, and one aspect that has become increasingly relevant is how people skills are viewed. This article examines how people skills enable project managers to thrive and overviews the most important “soft skill”–leadership. It provides eight basic ideas that can help any project professional kick start his or her development process and concludes by defining a good leader.

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Leadership and Career Paths for ScrumMasters

Much of the ScrumMaster’s role has been focused on the individual effort of leading a single team through the successful completion of a Scrum project. At some point, a person who has successfully established themselves in an organization will be looked on to take on more responsibilities. What would these responsibilities be? What kind of career roadmap would be best suited for a person who is an established ScrumMaster?

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Agile Leadership

You might call the Agile Project Leadership Network the “anti-organization” organization. When the nonprofit group was born nearly two years ago, its dozen or so founders didn’t want to create a huge, self-organizing central body. And they certainly didn’t want to launch yet another manifesto into the world of project management.

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A Change in Leadership

Whenever a new leader assumes responsibility, there is significant risk that individual and team performance will suffer. Organizations must take steps to mitigate some of the inevitable disruption before, during and after the leadership transition. As always, communication is key. And the new leader plays an important role in it.

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The Intangibles of Trust, the Art of Adaptation, and Soft Skills in Team Leadership

Although there are many tangible factors that affect the success of your projects, this article focuses on the synergy created from the elusive intangibles of trust, the art of adaptation, and the cultivation of soft skills in team leadership. Together, these three principles will help you create an environment in which people willingly perform at their highest levels.

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The Leadership Mirror

If those who aspire to greater leadership heights spent more effort looking within for direction — and less time absorbing the regurgitated, cliché-ridden advice of external “experts” — they just might become better leaders. It starts with asking some hard questions that require your own honest answers. But there is still a role for role models.

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Bullying at Work: An Ethical and Leadership Dilemma for all Project Managers

Employers are becoming more acutely aware of the human, legal, ethical and financial costs associated with workplace bullying. In order to directly and proactively address this issue, project managers and their organizations need to take action. Learn about sources of information and tools available to assist in this endeavor along with a selection of proactive tips.

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Agility and Values-Based Leadership (Part 3): Openness

All agile frameworks may be examined in terms of core values. This third entry in a five-part series continues to explore agile frameworks from the vantage point of values, principles and practices. Agile’s Scrum framework in particular espouses five values: courage, focus, openness, respect and commitment. This offering looks at the value of openness to bring principles and practices into better relief.

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Project Leadership: What Drives You to the Finish Line?

Leaders are not created from a ready-made mold. They are developed from the crucible of experience. True leaders are not merely organizational assets, they are a gift to others. Visionary leaders do not just view snapshots, they see the full picture. In short, effective leaders are discerning, observant, adaptive, and inspiring. In any project environment, project managers must take on a leadership mantle in order to survive, thrive, and overcome the challenging riddles of their projects.

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Leadership is Half the Story: A Fresh Look at Followership, Leadership, and Collaboration: Q&A

Research shows that it takes both roles–leadership and followership–to get the best results. Marc and Samantha Hurwitz talked to the community about being your best in both roles, as well as bringing out the best in your teams by coaching for both leadership and followership. Participants walked away from the Leadership is Half the Story: A Fresh Look at Followership, Leadership, and Collaboration webinar with renewed insight. Here, the presenters offer answers to your questions.

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