Project Management

The 10 Key Project Leader Skills

And the Emerging Entrepreneurial Role of the Project Manager


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Vadim Kotelnikov

By: Vadim Kotelnikov

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  1. Developing a grand vision,

  2. Building the project management team and leading the team through the steps of the project management process

  3. Leadership skills; leading the project team through the stages of team development

  4. Managerial communication skills: verbal, both one-on-one and with a group, and written

  5. People-management skills such as constructive feedback, conflict resolution, managing individual styles and personalities

Leadership-Management Synergy

  1. Facilitation skills

  2. Skills at interfacing across the organization and removing obstacles for the team

  3. Ability to accept criticism, feedback, and input from others

  4. Skills in using team-based tools such as brainstorming, organizing, decision making, project management, conflict resolution, and so on.

  5. Selling skills. The ability to promote and sell the project both within and outside the organization. Presentation skills.

Evolving Entrepreneurial Role of the Project Manager

  Project Management: Two Approaches


Today project managers have to go beyond the traditional project delivery practices and master the Business Synergies approach. This new system requires thinking of the project as a business enterprise and managing the project as a business venture. Thus you have to consider not only the success of the project itself but also the success of the project outcome. You need to understand how your organization creates value for its major stakeholders shareholders, customers, and the business team, and also take responsibility for delivering that value.

The new role of the project manager requires an ultimate knowledge of the strategy the project is supporting. Taking the business systems approach requires also knowledge of organization, motivation, marketing, accounting, cost control, finance, and quantitative decision making from the project manager's perspective.

The entrepreneurial approach to project management essentially expands two dimensions of the project management process time and boundaries. Considering the project outcome and its lifecycle expands time beyond the traditional horizon of project completion. Project boundaries are also expanded. Stakeholders start playing more important role as partners. On the other side, market forces now go beyond the customer and end-user to include additional factors such as competition.



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Recommended Books:

  1. Project Manager's MBA, Dennis J. Cohen, Robert J. Graham

  2. ICB IPMA Competence Baseline, International Project Management Association (IPMA)

  3. The Fast Forward MBA in Project Management,  Erich Verzuh

  4. The One-Page Project Manager: Communicate and Manage Any Project With a Single Sheet of Paper, Clark A. Campbell

  5. The One Page Project Manager for IT Projects: Communicate and Manage Any Project With A Single Sheet of Paper, Clark A. Campbell

  6. Getting Started in Project Management, P.Martin and K.Tate