By its very nature, project management is carried out by teams. Normally these are comprised of members that have often not worked together before; are organized for limited, defined periods; and are expected to work together to accomplish common goals. In this environment, one of the biggest challenges for a project manager is to bring together people with a variety of backgrounds and talents and get them to perform as a successful team. Forming teams of diverse skills and expertise can be difficult but also very rewarding. Successful leaders are those that greatly improve the success of these teams in reaching project objectives.
Effective leaders are easily recognized but difficult to characterize. They do not rely on intelligence or personality alone. Latest research has led to better identification of key aspects of effective leadership. This course takes a close look at current thinking on effective leadership and how to apply these skills in the project environment. Individual skills alone, however, will not lead to successful projects.
This course provides an in‐depth study of the manner in which teams form and function. By understanding team dynamics, successful project managers can better adjust their management approach and maximize the contribution of all team members to improve the probability of the project being successful. The success of every project depends on the capability to effectively communicate both within the team and among project stakeholders.
The course also covers the multi‐dimensional nature of communication and the “soft skills” that are essential for effective leadership. Focus is given to using the tools of motivation, power, and communication, to better achieve project objectives.