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What is Project Leadership?

Simply put, project leadership is the act of leading a team towards the successful completion of a project. But of course, it’s much more than that. It’s about getting something done well through others. Or, as Jennifer Bridges, PMP, pointed out in her recent video: it’s about “placing more emphasis on people” as opposed to the tactical management of tasks.

In fact, project leadership requires skills in both management and leadership. It is a soft skill; part art, part science.

Leadership is a hot topic on everyone’s mind. But is there a legitimate way to teach leadership or is it an innate talent? That’s up for debate. One thing is for certain – successful leadership can be tracked, studied, and replicated.

Different Leadership Styles

Look over the management style of anyone in charge of any project, and you’ll find a myriad ways in which they accomplish their goals and set a tone of leadership. Much of these differences are based on the person’s personality and what style of leadership they natural gravitate towards.

That’s where Susanne Madsen’s project leadership matrix comes in handy. It is a tool that tells you what type of leader you are, and with that knowledge you can tweak your technique to become a better leader. The leadership matrix is made up of four parts:

  • Reactive people-leadership
  • Reactive task management
  • Proactive people-leadership
  • Proactive task management

It’s unlikely that you sit in only one quadrant, since most of us are a sampling of all of these parts. However, the best project managers are those who emphasis a proactive leadership style.Every small business must have strong data security in the age of growing breaches and cyber threats. This need encompasses every piece of technology you use in every part of your business. 3Qube Consulting will make security a part of every decision made in conjunction with your business.