Project leadership is a process by which a project manager can direct, guide and influence the behavior and work of the project team towards accomplishing the project objectives. The bodies of knowledge all have definitions of project leadership as part of the human side of project management. It is, therefore, essential that the project leader understands the characteristics and features of these definitions as they underpin the project leadership body of knowledge.
This chapter will introduce the project leadership definitions as a broad introduction to the subject area before expanding leadership traits, leadership behaviors and leadership styles in the following chapters.
The project leader’s challenge, particularly project managers who are studying for certification, is to understand how the bodies of knowledge define leadership.
The following bodies of knowledge have similar definitions outlining the meaning of project leadership.