Common Sense Leadership for Project Managers with Bob Mason

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this training, learners will be able to:

  • Identify basic concepts of leadership and how project managers can apply them in their own situation.
  • Analyze their own personality and recognize how they interact with the disparate personalities of others.
  • Discover and appraise their own values structure and apply values-based leadership. 


Project managers are faced with the dual challenge of not only managing a project but also leading their project team, often consisting of members who are not direct reports. Adding to this challenge, many project managers have little to no training in effective ways to lead teams, no formal managerial title or authority, and often little understanding of their true role as a team leader.

Common Sense Leadership for Project Managers™ is a 2-day training that provides tools to help project managers become more effective project leaders. Attendees will learn the basics of great leadership with an emphasis on the position many project managers find themselves in—leading with no formal title or position. Attendees will learn more about themselves, how they approach interpersonal relationships, and how they can make relationships less stressful and more productive. A module on accountability explains leadership responsibility and how to best leverage that responsibility to improve the team. By the end of the training each learner will have a complete draft of a Personal Leadership Philosophy to help them gain better self-awareness while also providing a tool to articulate their leadership approach.

This training is designed to meet the needs of working project managers leading real project teams. It is presented by instructors with extensive leadership experience who use guided discussion to ensure the material presented is applicable to each learner. 



    • Introduction to Leadership—An overview of leadership styles and tools, this topic reviews common models of leadership, discusses good and bad leadership traits, and provides a fundamental definition of leadership. Leaders at all levels of experience will gain insight into the basis for leadership success.
    • My Hard Wired™—This unique and proprietary leadership-style profile provides a view of a leader’s strengths, preferred method of communication, what can cause stress, and how they can prevent that stress from causing negative conflict. The profile will be used throughout the training.
    • My Values—Effective leaders must have a clearly defined set of personal values. They must understand how those values affect their behavior and be able to clearly express those values to their team. During this segment of the training, learners will complete an exercise to define their own values.
    • My Purpose—Teams need to have a purpose, and effective leaders need to be able to state that purpose clearly and succinctly. In this segment, learners will create their own vision, mission, and priorities for their team.
    • Being People-Centric—Although leadership is not a popularity contest, effective leaders must establish a human connection with those they intend to lead. They need to learn who their team members are and their skills, limitations, and desires. Managers look at people as “resources”; leaders look at people as people. During this segment, learners will study motivation and engagement, and develop realistic expectations for themselves and their teams.
    • Accountability—Good leaders understand they are accountable for their team’s actions as well as their own. This segment examines the implications of this and how leaders accordingly accept responsibility for themselves while also holding their teams accountable.
    • Effective Leadership Communication—Effective communication is vital to team leadership. That means leaders must understand the nuances of verbal and nonverbal communications. This segment will provide learners with skills to make them more effective communicators by demonstrating pitfalls and providing techniques to improve their ability to get their point across while also listening to and understanding their team members.
    • Your Personal Leadership Philosophy—Being a great leader is more than just learning some new skills. Those skills must become actionable. By combining the topics covered in this training into a Personal Leadership Philosophy, learners can create a document that not only improves their own self-awareness, but also provides a clear description of their own leadership approach for their team.

PDU Allocation Table

The table below displays the number of professional development units (PDUs) awarded for each PMI® credential, as they align to the PMI Talent Triangle®. Power Skills and Business Acumen PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Ways of Working PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials. *Please note that the asterisked row below applies to the PMI® Agile Certification Journey and includes Disciplined Agile® Scrum Master (DASM), Disciplined Agile® Senior Scrum Master (DASSM), Disciplined Agile® Coach (DAC), and Disciplined Agile® Value Stream Consultant (DAVSC) certifications.
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acumen Total
CAPM® / PMI-CP™ / PMP® / PgMP® 0 8 6 14.00
PMI-ACP® / Agile* 0 8 6 14.00
PMI-SP® 0 8 6 14.00
PMI-RMP® 0 8 6 14.00
PfMP® 0 8 6 14.00
PMI-PBA® 0 8 6 14.00
Ways of Working Power Skills Business Acument Talent Triangle



Bob Mason

Bob is focused on leadership development. His extensive leadership experience has taught him that a large number of the challenges and problems companies face are directly linked to leadership, usually at the supervisor and manager level and so he helps companies meet challenges and solve problems by developing energized leaders, engaged employees, and more effective teams.

During a military career spanning 30 years, Bob was fortunate to learn leadership from some great leaders. Starting with small teams he honed his skills leading ever larger and more complex teams, eventually commanding four different squadrons, including the Air Force's largest munitions squadron. Bob has studied leadership extensively, but more importantly he has been there, working with real people, making hard decisions, and experiencing the results.

On retirement from the Air Force, Bob started a company to bring the effective leadership techniques he learned to the corporate world where he has worked with first-time supervisors, managers, and executives in both profit and non-profit organizations.

Bob is a professional speaker and author and was the 2016 – 2017 President of the New Mexico chapter of the National Speakers Association. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Management, a Master of Science in Aeronautics, and a Master of Business Administration and is the author of four books on leadership. Bob lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he and his wife enjoy hiking and exploring the history of the Southwest.

Training Information

2 - 3 December 2024
2 Days


Member Price
(US$1385.00 before 21 October)
Nonmember Price
(US$1585.00 before 21 October)
Government Price
Student Price

Course Assessment Fee

Please note that this training's cost will have a built-in $97 Course Assessment Fee on the registration platform.

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