25 June, 2020

Project Team Leadership: 5 Tips for Leading Your Project Team | Video


As soon as you get your own project team to lead, you will need to develop the craft of project team leadership. So, in this video, I share five of my best tips.

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Five Tips

Tip 1: Direction

At the outset, your team needs clear direction. As they mature, let them direct themselves.

Tip 2: Support

Support relationship building when it’s needed. Then get out of the way.

Tip 3: Your Demeanor

Never under-estimate the impact that your demeanour will have on your team.

Tip 4: Motivation

Intrinsic Motivation trumps Extrinsic Motivation. To motivate your team, give them:

  1. Clear purpose
  2. Autonomy to make choices
  3. Opportunity to develop mastery of what they are doing
  4. An environment of respect
  5. Recognition for their contributions
  6. A chance to build strong relationships

Tip 5: Feedback

Give team members feedback on their performance. Do it to give them a BOOST. Make your feedback:

  • Balanced – between criticism and confirmation
  • Observed – based on evidence
  • Objective – about the behavior: not the person
  • Specific – enough for them to take targeted action
  • Timely – so they can still recall what they did

Two Book Recommendations

Our Kindle Exclusive compilation of Project Team Leadership guidance is: How to Lead a Great Project Team: Practical, Straightforward advice for Project Leaders who want to get the Best from their Project Teams

In it, we cover five topics:

  1. Get Better Results from you Team with Tuckman
  2. What You Need to Know about Building a Great Project Team
  3. Boost Your Project Team Performance with these Hacks
  4. Everything You Need to Know about Project Team Motivation
  5. Great Team Communication: The 10 Commandments

Also look at our print book (available as eBook):
Brilliant Project Leader: What the Best Project Leaders Know, Do, and Say, to Get Results, Every Time.
Published by Pearson:

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Mike Clayton

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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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