Air of authority

Project managers often struggle to gain and maintain the authority they need to successfully obtain the resources and support their projects require. Gaining this authority, which is not obtained via an organizational role, is sometimes easier to accomplish than many perceive. This article discusses how project managers can gain and exercise the authority they need to successfully lead project teams. In doing so, it identifies the key challenges that are involved in leading a team, describing why project managers must understand the dynamics involved in motivating both their teams and each team member. It reports how one project manager was able to build a relationship with his team. It then explains how project managers can effectively persuade their team members to perform well and actively contribute to a team's performance. Accompanying this article are three sidebars: The first identifies a tip for gaining executive support; the second suggests an approach to handling stakeholder relationships; the third
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