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Five Project Leadership Tips: Be a Better Project Leader | Video

Five Project Leadership Tips: Be a Better Project Leader | Video

Project Leadership is not just a bolt-on to Project Management: it’s how we do Project Management well.

I write and speak extensively about Project Leadership – so, here, I share five of my best tips with you.

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Tip 1: Everything Starts with Personal Leadership

  • Say what you mean
  • Deal fairly with people
  • Do what you say you will do

Tip 2: Leadership is at a premium in Tough Times

Compare the project leadership approaches of the Purple Bus and Yellow Bus drivers. Purple Bus Leadership is the key.

Tip 3: There’s no ‘One Style of Leadership’

I discuss the principle of Situational Leadership: fit your leadership style to the individual in the situation.

Tip 4 There are four Essentials of Project Team Leadership

  • Individual
  • Plan
  • Team
  • Communication

Tip 5 The Acronym LEAD will Give You your 4 Day-to-Day Leadership Priorities

… for how to go about your day.

  • Listening
  • Encouraging
  • Asserting (make things happen)
  • Deciding

Leadership Skills for Project Managers

In our Kindle Exclusive compilation of Project Leadership guidance, we cover five topics:

  1. Get Better Project Results with Personal Leadership
  2. Three Project Leadership Challenges for Tough Times
  3. How to Get the Best from Your Project Team with Situational Leadership
  4. The Four Essentials of Project Team Leadership
  5. LEAD: Your Four Project Leadership Priorities

Get the Kindle-exclusive ‘Leadership Skills for Project Managers’ from Amazon

Also, my book, ‘Brilliant Project Leader’, is published by Pearson.

Please take a look at our video course: Day-to-Day Project Leadership that Gets Results

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There are also lots of free feature articles on Project Leadership on this website. Or, take a look at the list of all our articles.


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About the Author Mike Clayton

Dr Mike Clayton is one of the most successful and in-demand project management trainers in the UK. He is author of 14 best-selling books, including four about project management. He is also a prolific blogger and contributor to ProjectManager.com and Project, the journal of the Association for Project Management. Between 1990 and 2002, Mike was a successful project manager, leading large project teams and delivering complex projects. In 2016, Mike launched OnlinePMCourses.

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