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Business Driven PMO Setup by Mark Perry

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Project Management Leadership: Servant-Leader vs Subject Matter Expert

As the cartoon shown in Figure 8.1 suggests, it is actually quite important for leaders to know what they are talking about and to lead in the right direction. But what makes a good leader? As long as there have been groups of people, there have been leaders. Whether borne out of necessity or appointed, leaders occupy a position of authority. But do leaders have to be experts? Do leaders have to make strategic decisions? Do leaders have to micromanage followers? Do leaders have to brandish their power?

Conventional leadership has taught us that the answer to all of those questions is yes. To a considerable extent, our natural concept of leadership is really about heroic ...

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