Leadership Skills for the Project Professional

Leadership Skills for the Project Professional is a 3-day, instructor-facilitated learning course designed to develop the leadership attributes of the project/program management practitioner.


The basic premise of the course is to facilitate the migration from a manager to a leader in the project or program environment.

Because the project/program manager serves as the primary liaison between organizational leadership (i.e., upper management) and the project team, s/he must possess and employ the soft skills (“artistic” vs. scientific) required to lead a team.  In this course, participants will be 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 will apply these principles via relevant individual and team exercises. The course will cover the following project leadership aspects:


•       Characteristics of Manager vs. Leader •       Roles and Responsibilities Clarity
•       Leading Virtual / Matrix Teams •       Situational Leadership
•       Delegation •       Communications Leadership
•       Conflict Management and Resolution •       Coaching and Mentoring
•       Strategic Planning and Change •       Motivation and Inspiration


This course is designed to enhance the people management (“soft”) skills of project team leaders and managers.


1 day


The combination of lecture and hands on exercises will enable these key leaders to:

• Understand the critical differences between management and leadership attributes and when to best apply each
• Lead through better application of communication management tools and techniques
• Improve how they deal with team member conflict
• Better understand negotiation strategies and when to employ them during a project
• Gain insight into change leadership tactics and approaches
• Provide better methods for determining how and when to delegate appropriate work for team members