Transitioning to a Project Leadership Role

This course will facilitate the migration from a task-oriented team member to a leader in the project or program environment.


Transitioning to a Project Leadership Role is a two day, instructor-facilitated, learning and development session designed to help facilitate the participants’ migration from a contributor to a project manager. Because the project/program 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 will be introduced to critical 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.


This course will benefit resource managers, functional managers, project contributors that are transitioning into a project or program leadership role.


2 days


This course is designed to enhance the people management (“softer”) skills of project team leaders and managers. 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
    • Align and articulate the project team goals with those of the organization
    • 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
    • Better employ techniques for leading team members with limited authority
    • Facilitate the project risk management process
    • Employ problem definition techniques before “solutioning”