The fine art of followership

Project management is more that using tools, techniques, and best practices to influence the behavior and decisions of others. Practicing the discipline also involves the practitioner'swillingness to act as a follower. This article features the vice president of strategic solutions at the Peak Performance Group (Gloucester, MA, USA) discussing how project managers can effectively manage their projects by delegating authority to team members. In doing so, it provides hypothetical examples of when a project manager effectively leads by following and when a project manager fails to follow, the former contributing to project success, the latter causing project failure. It then identifies four techniques that can help project managers serve the role of a follower who helps the project team succeed. It warns of the troubles that project managers could face if they refuse to participate in their projects as positive followers, noting how followership from leaders may influence how organizations operate in the future
registered user content locked

Log in or join PMI to gain access

or Register

Advertisement

Advertisement

Related Content

  • PM Network

    A Matter of Trust member content locked

    PM Network queries the community about delegation tips.

  • PM Network

    City Limits member content locked

    By Parsi, Novid The world needs new places to live. As city populations swell--and the pressure on those infrastructure systems follow suit--more project sponsors are launching ambitious initiatives to build new…

  • PM Network

    How to Fail Successfully member content locked

    By Oyvetsky, Marat We all love success stories. Most project case studies offer a happy ending after detailing obstacles and the solution that emerged. But we all know some projects fail—indeed, failure can become…

  • PM Network

    Change Agent in Plain Sight member content locked

    By Mustafa, Abid Digital transformation fatigue is setting in. After years of backing tech overhaul initiatives that fail to realize some or all promised benefits, some organizations are losing their appetite for…

  • PM Network

    Proactive Hindsight member content locked

    By Parsi, Novid Here are four ways project professionals can prepare for project closure, long before the end arrives: Seek feedback sooner than later; Show appreciation for candid insights; Be discerning about…

Advertisement

Publishing or acceptance of an advertisement is neither a guarantee nor endorsement of the advertiser's product or service. View advertising policy.