Understanding Leadership

Leadership is only effective when management does the right thing.
Leaders don’t always have to be in charge. You can demonstrate leadership skills at any level, from project coordinator to director.
Leadership is:
Clear goals and a vision for your project are key to success.
Communicating the vision, goals and mission
Facilitating and motivating the team to achieve the vision and goals
Evaluation of progress and feedback
Listening to and implementing the feedback received.
Remove roadblocks so that others can do their jobs more easily

Leadership is about making it work.
Leadership requires honesty, trustworthiness, openness, and integrity. Leadership is not something you can simply codify. You will find yourself adapting to different situations.
Although there are many books about leadership, it is nearly impossible to translate the meaning into meaningful words. I don’t know you and cannot tell what style will work best for you.
Although it can be frustrating, being a great leader does not mean getting things wrong or trying make them right. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and how you lead, whether you are leading from above or below.
Leadership is a practical skill.
You will need to adapt your leadership style to suit your personality and adapt to different situations. What worked in the moment may not work in the future in a crisis.
You can be more hands-off in the day-to-day management of projects. The team can be more flexible in completing the task. The crew is familiar with the course and can help you get there. You are the captain of your ship. This applies to all levels. Even entry-level positions, your attitude can still have an impact.
Leadership in a Crisis
In times of crisis, project leadership must be more direct. Sometimes, the team is unwilling to do the work necessary to get the project back on track. They might not have the skills or willingness to do it. They will turn to you for support and guidance. You will need to be more involved in the project, looking at all aspects and identifying problems. You can then fix it.
This sounds more like a job as a manager, and you would be right. Project recovery tasks require leadership, but they also involve management tasks. Leadership is not something that you can just do whenever you want. Leadership is a key component of your management tasks.
A lack of alignment between your leadership behavior (being honest, trustworthy, etc.) and project management (being trustworthy, etc. Whatever you give to leadership depending on the situation, the project team will quickly see the disconnect between how your vision is presented and how it is executed.
If you don’t give accurate estimates, they will not be able give you accurate estimates. Management tasks like managing meetings, building plans, or handling change all require the same values-based approach.
Leadership and management can overlap. Leadership and management are interrelated. You should try to develop a leadership mindset that is consistent with both. It is the only way you can manage and lead effectively, and it will help you establish a professional reputation for getting things done.
This article was published for the first time on the BCS website.
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