“Project Leadership” was the topic of the 30th hangout of the Sensible Project Manager Hangout Community. In this community of project managers and others who enjoy discussing project management topics, we have a weekly hangout which is hosted via Google+ Hangout. These hangouts are held each Friday at 9:00am pacific time.
In this hangout, Mark Phillipy was joined by Elaine Jackson to talk about what it means to be a leader of a project. Mark described the concept of the “Big L” vs. “Little l” leader. “Big L” leaders are those who are leaders because of their title such as CEO, CIO, VP, Director, etc. “Little l” leaders are those who do not have a grand title that comes with their job description but are leaders due to what they do. Even though we don’t have the “Big L” title, doesn’t mean we can’t be leaders.
During the discussion we also discussed
- Project Managers should be leaders not just paper pushers.
- Obstacles that some Project Managers run across that hinder their ability of being a leader.
- Develop leadership skills so that you are less hampered by your environment.
- Level of authority give to a PM
- Make sure the Project Charter states your level of authority so you know your bounds and lead within those bounds.
- Haven’t proven your abilities (new PM to the organization or a new PM)
- Develop leadership skills to increase your credibility with those you work with.
- Serve your team.
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