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Leadership Skills for the Project Professional

Leadership Skills for the Project Professional is a two day advanced project management course designed to strengthen the leadership skills of the project/program management practitioner. Participants examine the different roles of manager and leader and consider the relative merits each role in the project or program environment. Because the program/project manager serves as the primary liaison between organizational leadership (i.e., upper management) and the project team, he/she must possess and employ the soft skills ("artistic" vs. scientific) required to lead a team. In this course, participants are introduced to common leadership principles that must be applied in the project environment. After an introduction to the better practices for each learning unit, course attendees apply these principles via relevant individual and team exercises. The course covers the following project leadership aspects:
  • Characteristics of Manager vs. Leader
  • Roles and Responsibilities Clarity
  • Leading Virtual / Matrix Teams
  • Situational Leadership
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Delegation
  • Communications Leadership
  • Strategic Planning and Change
  • Motivation and Inspiration
Who should attend
This project management training is beneficial to resource managers, functional managers and project / program managers who serve in any leadership capacity associated with project or program delivery.


This project management training course assumes minimal experience with project work.

Course Outline
I. Strategic Project Leadership
This section focuses on defining the project's vision and properly aligning it with the overall organization's vision and strategy. In doing so, project leaders can formulate a vision statement (a.k.a., "core doctrine") that effectively articulates the project to stakeholders throughout the organization.
  • Foundations of Leadership
    - Definition of Project Leadership
    - Project Manager vs. Project Leader
    - Individual Exercise: Management and Leadership Attributes Assessment
  • Vision & Purpose Alignment
    - Project Position in the Organization
    - Pyramid of Project Alignment (Vision, Mission, Values, Strategies, Goals/Objectives, Actions)
    - Exercise: "Visioneering" (defining an aligned project vision and purpose)
II. Stakeholder Alignment
Every project has countless numbers of stakeholders people, groups, organizations that have a vested interest in the results of the project. - And it is virtually impossible to adequately address every need of all stakeholders. As a result, it is imperative that project leaders identify, analyze, and prioritize not only the stakeholder groups, but also determine their relative importance. In this section participants will learn better ways to identify and analyze the respective importance of the stakeholder groups. This lesson will help project leaders do a better job of selling the project before, during, and after delivery.
  • Stakeholder Identification
  • Stakeholder Analysis
    - Impact: Influence and Importance
    - Powers of the Stakeholder
    - Exercise: Stakeholder Identification and Analysis
III. Change Leadership
Contrary to common belief, changes are not necessarily a bad thing for projects. Some changes actually can enhance the delivery of the project's products, services, or results. The key to project change management is having the ability to identify, assess, and incorporate the right changes at the right time. The lessons of this section will help project leaders serve as agents of change while helping to facilitate the organization through the chaos triggered by requests for project and organizational changes.
  • Definitions and Sources of Change
  • Change Model and Equation
  • Agents of Change
  • Factors of Sustainable Change
  • Change Readiness Assessment
  • Leading Change
    - Steps; Flow Modeling
    - Dealing with Resistance
    - Change Window
    - Exercise: Identifying Real and Potential Project Changes
    - Exercise: Change Readiness Assessment
Learning Approach
  • A highly experienced instructor will use interactive lecture format, numerous hands-on exercises, team activities, group discussions, individual discovery and other techniques to drive home the essential points of this material
  • We will build on your prior experience in this topic, while providing you with a structure and vocabulary to use in future projects.
  • If you have modest experience in leadership topics, you will find that the clarity of the material and direct presentation style of the instructor will make the subject matter easy to understand.
Why should I take this course?
  • If you are new to project management, the material will explain why your actions as leader are important to your success as project manager.
  • Experienced project managers will draw on the wealth of experience they already have to crystallize a better understanding of their role as leader.
  • All participants take home a set of best practice, tools and techniques to help them deal with team issues and interact more effectively with upper management.
  • Even an experienced project manager can obtain insights from this PM course that will help solve common and persistent problems.
  • The exercises in this advanced PM training will give you the hands on experience you need to put best practice and new tools to immediate use.
What Previous Attendees Have Said:

"An excellent blend of the art and science of project management."

"...vital information, tools, and techniques that I can use in my organization."

"Great opportunity to improve my soft skills for managing up and down the chain."

Every course and workshop in our Project Training program is fully customizable. We offer virtual delivery of the training program you need. Call us: +1.919.495.7371.

All of our courses are fully compliant with the latest release of each relevant standards document such as the PMBOK® Guide, Standard for Portfolio Management, BABOK® Guide, and others.
Course Information
Course ID: 3210
Duration: 2 days
Class size: 8 - 24
· PMP® certified instruction
· Student Guide
· Participation Certificate
· 14 PDUs

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Pricing Information
On-site discounts are available.
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