I spoke with Elizabeth Harrin about the key skills and talents of people who make excellent project leaders. This is what I had to say.
Mike, letï¿½s get straight to it. What makes a brilliant project leader?
There are so many things that contribute to a brilliant project leader, so let me focus on three things. In doing so, I am of course taking as read that a brilliant project leader will have solid project management expertise and be able to plan and deliver their projects with confidence and assurance.
Elizabeth also asked me to contribute a guest post to her blog, which I was delighted to do.
True leadership is not something you do when it suits you. In fact, true leadership emerges when it is least convenient, in tough times, under extremes of pressure. These are the situations that separate out the good project managers from the poor, and the true project leaders from the ‘merely competent’ project managers.
Here are three things we can all practise, day-to-day, to hone our leadership skills: