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The Power of Project Leadership

Book Description

In today's 'more for less' culture, the expectations of project management and delivery are no longer limited to budgets, schedules and quality. For projects to make an impact and have lasting value, the project manager must be able to strategize, innovate, motivate, empower and collaborate - in other words, project managers must learn how to lead.The Power of Project Leadership helps you transform into an effective project leader by shifting your managerial mindset into one of inspiration, motivation and influence. The book describes what good project leadership looks like and explains how to make the transition using concrete tools and strategies. With underlying theories to help the reader understand how teams and individuals are motivated, it ensures that project managers lead with vision, continuously improve and innovate, work with intent, empower the team, get closer to stakeholders, remain authentic and establish a solid foundation for their projects.The book has a practical and engaging approach and draws on over 25 interviews with leading experts who have made the transition from project managers to project leaders. These experts come from a variety of sectors and companies; including Expedia, British Gas, Standard Bank, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Liquid Planner, and the UK Government.

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword by Eddie Obeng
  2. Foreword by Mary McKinlay
  3. Acknowledgements
  4. Introduction
  5. The world needs your genius and it needs your leadership
  6. What you will get from this book
  7. The four chapters
  8. Website and bonus material
  9. What motivated me to write this book?
  10. ONE  The world is changing and so must you  The world is changing and so must you
  11. Management versus leadership
  12. The more-for-less culture is upon us
  13. We don’t need more followers; we need leaders!
  14. The three most fundamental mistakes project managers make
  15. The Project Leadership Matrix™ and your modus operandi
  16. Moving towards project leadership
  17. How to embed the new behaviour
  18. TWO  Your hidden drivers  Your hidden drivers
  19. Your biggest challenges
  20. Is your mindset serving you?
  21. The empowering mindset
  22. Understanding your big why
  23. The six human needs
  24. How to embed the new behaviour
  25. THREE  The 7 keys to project leadership  The 7 keys to project leadership
  26. Key #1: Be authentic
  27. Authentic leaders live by their core values
  28. Listen to your intuition and gut instinct
  29. Understand the values that are authentic to you
  30. Building self-esteem
  31. How to embed the new behaviour
  32. Key #2: Lead with vision
  33. The importance of having a clear vision
  34. Partner with your client
  35. The importance of business acumen
  36. The strategic measures of success
  37. The human aspect of change
  38. How to embed the new behaviour
  39. Key #3: Improve and innovate
  40. The status quo is not an option
  41. What is holding us back?
  42. Overcoming roadblocks
  43. Diversity of thought powers innovation
  44. The power of questions
  45. How to embed the new behaviour
  46. Key #4: Empower the team
  47. Great leaders create space for others to grow and excel
  48. The importance of energy and engagement to team performance
  49. The yin and yang of project leadership™
  50. The Tuckman model
  51. The six human needs
  52. We need more than money to be truly fulfilled
  53. Overcoming obstacles
  54. How to embed the new behaviour
  55. Key #5: Get close to your stakeholders
  56. The importance of strong interpersonal relationships
  57. The importance of trust
  58. Communicate with clarity
  59. Stakeholder analysis
  60. Walking into the lion’s cage
  61. Overcoming roadblocks
  62. Transactional analysis theory
  63. Understanding personality types
  64. How to embed the new behaviour
  65. Key #6: Establish a solid foundation
  66. People deliver projects, but processes support them in doing so
  67. Project management mistakes
  68. Project definition
  69. Why/who/what questions
  70. How/when/what questions
  71. Risk management
  72. Estimating effort and measuring value
  73. Governance and communication
  74. Project reviews
  75. How to embed the new behaviour
  76. Key #7: Work with intent
  77. The Time Management Triangle™
  78. Breaking the vicious circle
  79. The art of delegation
  80. How to embed the new behaviour
  81. FOUR  Making the transition happen  Making the transition happen
  82. Acknowledge your achievements
  83. Be honest about your ambitions
  84. Determine your actions
  85. Act your way into thinking
  86. Expand your comfort zone
  87. Manage your mind
  88. Coach yourself to success
  89. Summary
  90. How to embed the new behaviour
  91. References
  92. Index