Project management isn’t just about planning and scheduling work.
It’s also about the ability of the project leader to motivate the project team, build relationships, manage diversity and cultural differences, and sustain the performance of the team throughout the life of the project.
- Identify project leadership strengths and areas for improvement
- Understand five interpersonal skills critical to effective project leadership
- Learn how to enable team members to complete their project work successfully
- Apply leadership skills at each project phase
- Develop action steps for leading projects
Project management is becoming a mainstay of organizational life. And, just as it has evolved, so has the role of the project leader. The literature and research on project management identifies numerous skills that a project manager or leader should possess – both technical skills (such as planning, organizing, scheduling, etc.), and interpersonal skills. The focus of the GPLA is on the five key interpersonal skills for project leadership. These five skills are:
- Encouraging Open Communication
- Inspiring a Positive Outlook
- Influencing Effectively
- Managing Conflict
- Developing the Team
The successful global project leader uses both technical and interpersonal skills to guide the efforts of the project team. Both sets of skills are needed to work through the Project Life Cycle, which consists of initiation, planning, managing the work, and delivery.
How It Works
- Questionnaire: Using an actual current project as a reference point, participants respond candidly to a questionnaire. This questionnaire measures the participants’ attitude, motivation, natural tendencies and project management knowledge against a set of criteria essential to successful global project leadership. After completing this assessment tool, the participants are provided with feedback on their global project leadership skills.
- Project Scenarios: A set of challenging global project management scenarios are presented to the participants and they are asked to lead a team to solve problems and recover a troubled project with a multi-cultural team. They are observed by certified evaluators and provided with a verbal and written assessment of their skills under pressure. Used in tandem, this combination creates the most accurate picture of a project leader’s effectiveness. The project scenarios are also recorded on video for later self-reflection.
- Action Learning: Finally, participants are asked to reflect on their own performance using the video record of the project scenarios and the questionnaire results. They create an action plan for self-improvement to build on their strengths and improve less-developed skills. They are then given the opportunity to try the same scenarios a second time to measure performance improvements. Coaching is provided by the on-site project management consultant/evaluators.