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Leadership Skills for Project Managers

Book Description

Chosen from the best of Project Management Journal ® and PM Network®, the articles reprinted in this volume revolve around the nature of the project management challenge, the skills required of effective project management practitioners, and some of the important leadership and management principles.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Introduction to Project Management Institute's Reprint Series
  6. Introduction to Leadership Skills for Project Managers
  7. Profile of Effective Project Managers
    1. Characteristics of the Project Leadership Situation
    2. Characteristics of an Effective Project Leader
    3. Developing the Right Stuff
  8. What it Takes to be a Good Project Manager
    1. Study of Project Manager Problems and Skills
    2. Problems in Managing Projects
    3. Project Manager Skills
    4. Skills and Problems: Fundamentally Interconnected
  9. Selecting Project Managers: An Integrated List of Predictors
    1. A Profile for Selection Purposes
    2. Screening Specifications
    3. Remarks
  10. Project Leadership: Understanding and Consciously Choosing your Style
    1. Critical Dimensions of Information and Decision Authority
    2. Four Leadership Styles
    3. Participative Management
    4. Delegation
    5. Pressures Affecting Leadership
    6. Examples of the Model in Use
    7. Findings from Personal Experience
    8. Overview: Implications for your Leadership Style
  11. Developing Project Management Skills
    1. Objective and Method
    2. What Skills do Project Managers Need?
    3. How Learnable are these Skills?
    4. How do Organizations Train and Develop Project Managers?
    5. Suggestions for Developing Project Management Skills
    6. A Final Note
  12. Learning to Lead, to Create Quality, to Influence Change in Projects
    1. The Challenge
    2. Learn to do Without
    3. Simulation Creation
    4. On Learning
    5. Growing Project Managers
    6. Our Learning
    7. Summary
  13. Situational Leadership in a Project/Matrix Environment
    1. Purpose
    2. Method
    3. Results
    4. Conclusion
  14. The Project Manager as Team Builder: Creating an Effective Team
    1. Tools for the Project Manager
    2. Characteristics of an Effective Team
    3. How does a Project Manager become a Team Builder?
    4. Stages of Team Development
    5. The Benefits and Rewards of Team Building
    6. Summary and Conclusion
    7. Appendix: Characteristics of an Effective Team
  15. Design of Project Management Systems from Top Management's Perspective
    1. Methodological Observations
    2. Project Management versus Project Portfolio Management
    3. Key Top Management Tasks and Roles
    4. Project Characteristics and Project Management Methods
    5. Top Management Approaches to Project Management
    6. Rules, Systems of Rules, and Meta-Rules
    7. Conclusion
    8. Appendix
  16. Organizational Culture and Project Leader Effectiveness
    1. Focus
    2. Organizational Culture and Project Management
    3. Culture Types and Characteristics
    4. Identifying Characteristics of Culture
    5. Identifying Culture Types
    6. Strategies for Managing Cultures
    7. Creating a Team Culture
    8. Summary