Project Management Institute

Common Sense Leadership for Project Managers with Bob Mason


Topics: Leadership Development

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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 had 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 course that provides tools to help project managers become more effective project leaders. Attendees will learn the basics of great leadership with 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 course each attendee will have a complete draft of a Leadership Philosophy to help them gain better self-awareness while also providing a tool to articulate their leadership approach.

Common Sense Leadership for Project Managers is the culmination of discussions with PMP attendees of other courses over three years and a survey conducted in 2016. Designed to meet the needs of working project managers leading real project teams, the course is presented by instructors with extensive leadership experience who use guided discussion to ensure the material presented is applicable to each attendee.

What You Will Learn

  • Identify basic concepts of leadership and applicability to project management
  • Analyze their own personality and recognize how they interact with the disparate personalities of others
  • Discover and appraise their own values structure - apply values-based leadership
  • Formulate a purpose for their leadership situation - apply purpose-driven leadership
  • Develop and design the building blocks for their own personal leadership philosophy - apply people-centric leadership

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®. Leadership and Strategic PDUs apply evenly across all credentials and Technical PDUs apply only to specific credentials. PDUs will be added in full to all eligible credentials.
Technical Leadership Strategic Total
CAPM / 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
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Seminar Instructor(s)


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.


Steve Alltop

Steve Alltop is a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot. His military career took him from pilot training to high-performance jet aircraft in combat to an assortment of command and leadership positions. Retiring from the Air Force after 24 years of service, Steve joined the corporate world as a project manager supporting diverse projects which provided high-tech solutions to the modern warfighter. Though enjoyable work, Steve felt something was missing in his life and eventually left defense services to become an independent consultant providing leadership development services to corporate America. He thoroughly enjoys spending time with his leadership students and believes he is enriching lives by helping folks find the great leader within themselves and by having a lasting effect on those that they lead. In 2014 he co-founded The Daedalus Group to bring first class leadership development to an even broader audience.

Steve is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Astronautical Engineering. He holds a Masters of Aeronautical Sciences, a Masters of Business Administration and is a certified Project Management Professional. He currently resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he enjoys his family and powered paragliding.

Course Information

2 Days
11 - 12 November 2020


Member Price
(US$1456.00 before 28 September)
Non-Member Price
(US$1612.00 before 28 September)
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