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May 29, 2007

Leadership and project management

Filed under: Business management — Jagdish Hiray @ 8:14 pm

“Strong leadership is not always necessary to successfully complete project”. Agree or disagree?         

Today’s project environment is very dynamic and demanding. Apart from Project management processes there are various external factors influencing project execution. Whether it is small project or medium large project, it involves humans of different skills, mentality and organization culture. There is strong competition, technically as well as to grow faster in team members. Team members work under tremendous pressure and tight deal lines. Organizational politics play major role in project management.

            In practice, however, it is observed that no matter how rigid your project processes are, no matter how your project reporting structure is, project mostly driven by strong leadership, either by project manager or member of team or a team as a whole. Strong leadership comes from people who really have desire to implement changes, meet goals to help organization achieve its strategic goals and vision. Strong leadership requires to sort of technical as well as other project issues which might seen as possible barriers. Strong leadership crosses boundaries of organization to get possible solution for showstopper issues. Strong leadership needs to keep team in spirit, to keep them focus on project goal, strategy and vision. Strong leadership challenges team and gives spirit for bright future. Strong leadership makes all possible attempt to make project a successful.      Even small project of few members have differences between them and it has seen that project gets drag beyond schedule due to failure in people management. In contrast, it is very common in bigger organization to have members working on multiple projects on time-share basis. In this situation it is very common for team members to take project schedule lightly. It is very common now days to come across issues due to acquisition or lay of to loose team member or support group members. Strong leadership plays important role to drive project in these situation. Leadership plays important role resolve technical, people, cost and time issues.

            Strong leadership is required or it evolves, whether project is small or big, because an individual always exists in a team who really want to see other part of world, that success. There is no measure of leadership, small or big, little or much, what matters is desire to succeed. For each successful project there exists strong leadership.                 




  1. Projects are driven by leadership. Without strong leader qualities, the project would be delayed or would not complete. It is a Team lead who brings all the varied qualities of the team together, integrates it. The outcome is simply – sweet and fruitful.

    But, an excellent jockey can not also win derby on a jackass. (S)He too needs a strong quality racehorse to win the derby. For a successful project completion, a strong leader needs a team of strong players.

    -Niraj Desai

    Comment by Niraj Desai — July 3, 2007 @ 4:50 pm | Reply

  2. Thanks for your reply Niraj. Agree with your comments, team plays vital role in any project.
    Therefore project manager has to make sure that his team is motivated and rewarded for their work.

    Jagdish Hiray

    Comment by Jagdish Hiray — July 11, 2007 @ 10:52 pm | Reply

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