Introduction to Leadership Skills for Project Managers

Jeffrey K. Pinto, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Trailer, Ph.D.

FEW ACTIVITIES ARE readily acknowledged to be as “leader intensive” as project management. A great deal of research and practical observation points to the fact that effective project managers can, by themselves, go far toward ensuring whether a project will be a success or a failure. Project managers take on a number of both traditional and non-traditional roles in pushing their projects along the chosen path. They serve as key communicators, motivators, team builders, planners, expediters, and so forth. At the same time, they must also be the chief cheerleaders, project champions, politicians, big brothers or sisters, and a thousand ...

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