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Alignment Requires Proactive, Progressing CIO Leadership

Given IT has played a significant role in business since the 1960s, it seems almost inconceivable that CIOs are still alignment challenged. Perhaps the challenge isn’t so much getting aligned but staying aligned given the pace and nature of change companies must cope with and adapt to in today’s global economies.

Leadership: Top-Down or Bottom-Up?

The leader and their leadership style is characterized by whether they work from the top down or the bottom up. Examining the pros and cons of these two disparate methods can help you determine what kind of leader you need to be in order to make the maximum positive impact on your organization.

Pushing Back Is Leadership

Project managers must also be leaders within their organizations — after all, a major part of your role is to make sure that the right things are being done in the right way to maximize the chances of the enterprise achieving its goals. And to do this, you can’t blindly follow what you know is wrong.

Cost Leadership for Caustic Readership

To achieve business leadership, we need to have competitive advantage direction from people dedicated to the principles of cost leadership. While it may not get quite the hype that cost reduction efforts do at an organization, it has the potential to meet crucial company goals.

Agility and Value-Based Leadership (Part 1): Courage

This is the first in a five-part series of articles regarding agile frameworks based on values, principles and practices. Scrum espouses five values: courage, openness, respect, commitment and focus. In this series, each article will explore one of these values–on which a deeper discussion of principles and practices assembles.

PMI Congress: Lessons in Leadership, Communication

Thousands of project managers gathered in San Diego in September to share best practices, network and improve their skills. In a few short days, there was much to learn. In this article, some attendees share some of the benefits they gained through meeting others and sharpening their skills.

Sponsor and PM: The Perfect Leadership Team?

The sponsor and project manager should form a powerful leadership team that creates a positive environment. In reality, that often fails to occur–and the fault frequently lies with a “broken” relationship. Get some help in maximizing these roles.

Negotiating Your Leadership Authority

While leadership is a process, it is a conditional, flexible and ambiguous one. Being an effective leader as a project manager is determined in part by our comfort level with ambiguity and our uncertainty, and our willingness to adopt and adapt given the situations that we face.

An Introduction to Servant Leadership

The purpose of this article is to bring forward one of the very well-known leadership practices called Servant Leadership. We’ll explore its prominence in today’s project management world and how it can benefit emerging project leaders in managing teams, projects and organizations.

An Introduction to Servant Leadership

The purpose of this article is to bring forward one of the very well-known leadership practices called Servant Leadership. We’ll explore its prominence in today’s project management world and how it can benefit emerging project leaders in managing teams, projects and organizations.

Temporary Project Leadership

What happens when you are asked to take over another project manager’s team on a temporary basis? Any leader in this situation needs to be prepared to adapt and adjust.

Leadership Lessons Learned from PMs

Just getting your feet wet in the project management pool? The most important studying this practitioner has done is of those around him. Learning from others is a vital tool in a prospective PM’s toolkit.

The Power of Positive Leadership

What is your management technique? The benefit of positive leadership in project management is that it helps build strong connections between managers and their teams, thereby improving member performance, spurring creative and inventive solutions, and ultimately leading to greater project success.

Leadership Means Never Having to Say You’re Bored

Project managers face an awkward and interesting leadership challenge. What do we do in these situations? What strategies are available, and what resources can we draw on in order to navigate our way to success? And what do we need to know about ourselves, our teams and our organizations if we are to genuinely lead effectively?

Looking to Leadership for Agile Inspiration

Since agile project management is closer to leadership best practice than traditional project management, it is useful to search leadership techniques for additional approaches that could also assist on agile projects.

How to Develop Leadership Skills at Any Stage of Your Career

You know that strong leadership skills can help you in your career, but just how does someone develop them before becoming a leader? It is possible to develop leadership skills that will help you at all leadership levels, and you can start now.

How to Develop Leadership Skills at Any Stage of Your Career

You know that strong leadership skills can help you in your career, but just how does someone develop them before becoming a leader? It is possible to develop leadership skills that will help you at all leadership levels, and you can start now.

Leadership for Today’s Frazzled Workforce

Stop the insanity! These three tactics are designed to help you solve today’s leadership problems and distinguish yourself as an effective leader–just when your workforce needs as many as it can get.

Leadership-Powered Project Management

Read on for successful traits to propel you from project manager to leader–and discover the single greatest and most underestimated leadership attribute you should not ignore.

Leadership in Times of Crisis

Good leaders must not only be prepared for everything that might go wrong, they must come alive when faced with a predicament, large or small. A retired NASA astronaut shares five lessons on leadership.

Is Your PMO an Integral Part of Organizational Leadership?

We now look to PMOs to take more of an active role within the entire lifecycle. For that expanded role to be successful, the PMO needs to be more than simply the guide and controller for project execution; it needs to be accepted into a leadership role within the organization–partners with business units and accepted experts on portfolio execution.

Principles of Project Leadership

It’s time for a refresher course in project leadership, so get ready to know your principles and march to the head of the class. Try applying these six basic principles and see how they will make you a more effective leader.

Leadership Is a Choice

That leadership takes work isn’t going to go away. And that’s what makes it a choice. It’s not that leaders are born, or that they are made. It’s that they choose to step up and make a difference, and that they persist in the actions and behaviors that result in that difference being possible.

Leadership in Projects: Back to High School

Whether a project manager has a lot of experience or none at all leading teams, there are some basic guidelines they can follow in order to lead people successfully. A trip back to high school shows us three key roles the PM must play.

PM Leadership Forum

This year’s forum defines and explores the leadership acumen to accomplish project success in spite of the turbulence, uncertainty and ambiguity that permeate organizations today.

Learning Leadership

Some are natural leaders…the rest of us need to learn how to lead. This article presents a practical approach to enhance your natural leadership abilities.

Building Value with Thought Leadership

While most consulting firms find early success because of the strength of their thought leadership, over time many of them tend to under-invest in it. As a consequence, they find themselves vulnerable to new entrants nibbling around the edges of their core business–and see their growth slow down.

Agility and Values-Based Leadership (Part 4): Commitment

This fourth installment of articles scrutinizing agile frameworks based on values, principles and practices focuses on commitment (following the entries on courage, focus and openness). A stated value of the Scrum framework, commitment is everything in agile.

Leadership Lessons from Swans and Poetry

There’s nothing wrong with a PM feeling frustrated while leading–as long as they protect the team. Anyone can lead, but not everyone can lead in stressful times–and that’s when true leaders shine. Let’s take a cue from two unlikely sources…

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.

4 Vital Leadership Habits (and 1 Great Result)

The concept of leadership can be very complicated, but for one PM it can be boiled down to a few core principles: care, understanding, service and protection. Keeping a close monitor of these behaviors can help you become a better leader of projects, programs and teams–and inspire many in the process.

Bear in Mind: Influence and Leadership for Stakeholder Management

It’s vital to never forget the significance of stakeholder management. This chapter from Project Management: Influence and Leadership Building Rapport in Teams presents a discussion about stakeholder management and the notion that stakeholders differ in their perceptions, and also offers strategies for influence.

Hot Leadership

Ready for some hot leadership theories and enduring models that have withstood the test of time? Read on.

Hot Leadership

Ready for some hot leadership theories and enduring models that have withstood the test of time? Read on.

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.

Collaboration: A Different Leadership Style

How a project team collaborates varies by project, and it can be a challenge to manage different personalities to achieve effective collaboration. Here are six tips to assist a project manager develop an effective collaboration leadership style.

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?

3 Tenets of Leadership IQ

Today’s leaders need to understand people like never before. Leadership Intelligence refers to the ability to grow, learn and master new ways to lead people. There are three tenets to consider when boosting it: self-awareness, executive brain function, and response agility.

Deming Point #7: Leadership for a Change

If you’ve been paying attention, you know that the success of CRM depends on changing the culture of your organization. The only way to do that is through effective leadership–no easy accomplishment. Figure out what it means to be a leader, and then choose the style that works for you and your team.

Agility and Values-Based Leadership (Part 2): Focus

This is the second in a five-part series of articles regarding agile frameworks based on values, principles and practices. Scrum espouses five values: courage, openness, respect, commitment and focus. In this series, each article will explore one of these values–on which a deeper discussion of principles and practices assembles.

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.

4 Keys to Peer Leadership

When you are charged with leading a team of your peers or former peers, the right combination of resources makes all the difference. The following techniques — which incorporate personality, encouragement, engagement and feedback — should be at the core of every peer leader’s approach.

Leadership Is Always On

Don’t confuse being a leader with having a leader’s title. Leadership is a 24/7 mindset, not a light switch you can turn on and off based on how things are going. Demonstrate leadership in good times and bad, or you will lose credibility with those you seek to motivate and inspire.

Servant Leadership: The Agile Way

In more traditional projects, we often hear about “control.” But what might an agile project manager do? Here are three examples of servant leadership in action with respect to the team, the product owner and management.

Servant Leadership: The Agile Way

Agile project managers exercise servant leadership, which includes guiding and steering. Here are three ways an agile PM can exercise servant leadership to guide projects to a great conclusion.

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.

A Case of Leadership Deficit Disorder

Why are so many ERP and CRM systems–and even whole companies–failing? Meet Leadership Deficit Disorder and its sick cousin Competency Deficit Disorder, two maladies of ineffective CEOs.

Three Essential Leadership Practices that Improve Team Ownership

Why is team ownership important? It is essential to agile team success because individuals thrive on ownership. With ownership, you have a stake in the game and push to find the best solution. The difficulty is that most corporate cultures have command-and-control leaders. Here is some help…

Agility and Values-Based Leadership (Part 5): Respect

Following installments on the other four stated Scrum values (courage, focus, openness and commitment), this concluding entry focuses on respect. It offers techniques to scrutinize agile project management frameworks based on values, principles and practices.

Leadership and Stewardship: Is There a Connection?

Ever wonder why effective leaders almost always see themselves as stewards of something far bigger than themselves, a keeper of a sacred trust? There is a connection between leadership and stewardship that would-be leaders need to understand if they are to mature into someone who can lead people–and organizations–to success.

Virtual Leadership

This article will dive deeper into the virtual team model, research on blended leadership styles and tips to help virtual leaders be successful in their roles to lead high-performing teams.

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.

Leadership: A Matter of Trust

As William Shakespeare rightly said, “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” In this article, the author highlights expectations for project leaders–and some useful tips that can positively impact trust levels, improve performance and ease leadership.

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.

Navigating Leadership Styles

Nothing takes the place of solid work experience. So one PM decided to reach out to her colleagues and gather their everyday thoughts and insights into what they have learned over the years in working with different leadership styles.

It’s About Leadership

Is your PMO providing value, or reducing the effectiveness of your organization in its ability to deliver its projects? A PMO that is truly effective should be guiding and influencing the organization in all aspects of project management. Is yours?

Leadership Development: The Cornerstone to Project Success

Recruiting project management talent and retaining them is one of the biggest challenges for any company. Organizations need to develop and nurture leadership traits of their project managers to keep operations running smoothly–and to achieve benefits everyone can appreciate.

Fearless Leadership (Part 2)

Here we look at the art of silent leadership, practiced by those PMs who put their team before their personal self in the interest of effectively managing fear, uncertainty and doubt.

Leadership: The PM Differentiator

What sets great project managers apart from merely good ones? The ability to lead. But it’s a tough skill to master, and it takes practice to become an expert practitioner. Here we focus on some of the key behaviors needed to turn a project manager into a leader.

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.

5 Leadership Habits

Here are five principles of effective leadership, with particular emphasis on managing teams in today’s complex global business climate.

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.

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.

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.

Fearless Leadership

Does fear matter? Hopefully, we can agree that leadership is not all about guts and glory alone. A healthy understanding of fear and ways to channel one’s own and other’s fears meaningfully can help one become a better leader.

Evidence-Based Leadership

When it comes to leading teams, commonsense tactics can produce uncommonly good results. Here are five recommended best practices from the author of best-seller “Hardwiring Excellence” that can boost morale and improve performance, immediately and over the long term.

5 Ways to Improve Your Leadership Using Empathy

Why is empathy important for leadership? Empathy may be the greatest pillar of emotional intelligence. If you don’t connect with others, you are not a leader. The purpose of this article is to drill deeper into the importance of empathy in leadership.

Leadership: PMO Style

The style you use as the leader of the PMO will go a long way to driving how project execution occurs in your organization–and you may even drive cultural change. That’s a big job. Are you up to it?

Leadership and the CIO: Too Little, Too Late?

At the turn of the century most would have agreed with the notion that the CIO was gaining ground as a true leader within organizations. Now in 2010, the pendulum may be swinging in a different direction. Is the future of the CIO in question?

The Five Myths of Leadership

Agile project management is more closely aligned to leadership best practices than traditional PM best practices. But the domain of leadership is rife with myths and misconceptions. This article explores (and slays) the five myths of leadership.

The Art of Leadership

The best teams have leaders who know how to keep their teams productive by removing barriers and bringing out the best in their people.

Sustaining Leadership

A strong project manager is one who is willing to adapt his or her style to get the best results from his or her team. This article sheds light on possible leadership style combinations that might promote team harmony and success across the team development stages, resulting in sustained leadership.

Countdown to Leadership: 4, 3, 2, 1…

It always helps to have a quick checklist, and this article provides a practical set of simple checklists for different approaches to leadership—and helps you put them into action.

Beyond Charisma: Practical Leadership Skills for PMs

An effective leader can inspire people, marshal resources and achieve difficult goals. But before you can put effort into growing your leadership skills, you need to understand yourself—and then develop your people skills.

The Blame Game: Failure of Leadership

When things go wrong in your project, as a leader who do you blame? When the hammer is about to hit your head as a project leader, what do you do? Do you look for people on your team to sacrifice for the error—or take the blame?

Leadership and Learning from Others

Learning should never stop, but you can’t get all of your knowledge from books. In order to be a successful project manager, you have to be able to learn from other project managers. Get help forging your own path.

Leadership As Service

The best leadership is often exercised by people without positional power. Outside the official hierarchy of delegated authority, it is not about extracting things from people — it’s about service. While this type of leadership can involve explicit direction, the main role is that of a catalyst, and it takes a bit of a rebel.

What’s Leadership Got to Do with It?

After a pondering and pontificating on the topic for so long, more than ever this seasoned PM believes that leadership is still the most elusive capability plaguing CIOs today. But help is out there.

Yin-Yang Leadership

The ability to fully support and enable your team to grow, and at the same time challenge and stretch it, is a skill that can be learned and honed over time. Let’s look at how you can do this by using the concepts of yang (which pushes continous improvement and innovation) and yin (which steps back and enables the team to do so).

Effective IT Leadership: What is the CIO’s Role?

CIOs holds the key in establishing IT as a part of the strategic business plan, which can help drive initiated changes across the organization. However, CIOs must also focus on maximizing outcomes with results in order to dramatically change the perception and actual value of IT in the eyes of the business.

The Trifocal Vision of Leadership

At the risk of appearing to add yet another fad to the pick-and-mix menu of leadership styles, this article looks at a fundamental leadership skill, one that all successful leaders practice–irrespective of which style they follow. And as it does not have a name, this writer is going to give this leadership skill an appropriately faddish title: Trifocal Vision.