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Leader or Manager? The Art of Balancing Both to Achieve Project Success

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Is it leadership or management that is most needed for successful projects in this century?

How can you balance both and enhance leadership skills of yourself and your team members?

Leadership is an ability to get things done through others while winning their respect, confidence, loyalty, willing cooperation and commitment. It involves focusing the efforts of a group of people toward a common goal and inspiring them to work as a real team. Management requires an appropriate balance of technical, human and conceptual skills along with principles and best practices of project management to meet defined objectives. All project managers are not necessarily leaders, but the most effective project managers over the long-term prove to be good leaders as well.

In a project environment, leading is not necessarily the same as managing. Both project leadership and management are important for successful project management. Good project managers understand the importance of managing stakeholders through effective leadership and are able to adjust their leadership styles according to the situation. You'll evaluate, improve and refine your leadership skills and discover methods for increasing your total power.

Learning Objectives

Using small group activities, skill practices, case studies, lectures, and facilitated group discussions, participants will gain practical skills to:

  • Recognize the importance of Human factors in Project Management
  • Identify main management functions and understand the difference between the role of a leader versus manager and how leadership is related to the project life cycle
  • Recognize important dimensions to improve team leadership
  • Analyze various leadership styles and Situational leadership
  • Analyze the impact of culture on leadership, communications and teamwork
  • Evaluate leadership of your team members and develop practical strategies to strengthen your leadership skills based on Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI)


Who Should Attend

This 1-day seminar is appropriate for anyone - at all experience levels - who needs to lead projects, manage stakeholders, build relationships, negotiate successfully and work with others to achieve results while minimizing unwanted surprises.


There is no prerequisite for this course.


You will receive a course binder containing copies of presentation slides, case studies, exercises, and suggested solutions.

What You Will Learn

  • Project Leadership: Leader versus manager; leadership and the project life cycle; what makes a successful manager, leader, and a follower.
  • Team Leadership: Three dimensions of team leadership; various leadership styles; situational leadership; the impact of culture on leadership.
  • Enhancing Leadership Skills: Developing practical strategies to increase your leadership skills by using Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) to manage your projects effectively.

course info

Course ID: VV-4302
Course Level: Advanced
Duration: 1 day

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PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 0 7 0
PgMP 0 7 0
PfMP 0 7 0
PMI-ACP 0 7 0
PMI-SP 0 7 0
PMI-RMP 0 7 0
PMI-PBA 0 7 0

The three columns in the above table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 7CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 1 RU
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 7 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 7 Learning Credits