Important leadership competencies for project managers

the fit between competencies and project characteristics

This paper examines the relationship between project characteristics and the skills and competencies of the project manager and discusses select findings of phase one of a Delphi study. In particular, the paper focuses on leadership competencies, based on a survey of project management literature and the initial results of our Delphi study. The paper concludes with discussion about the competencies most important for project managers who oversee different types of projects. Initial results show that project practitioners consider many competencies to be important for project managers. While most indicate that they believe that these competencies vary depending to some extent on project characteristic, a few assert that all competencies are important for project managers. These differences of opinion may reflect the varied roles, organizations, and industries in which participants work. In subsequent phases of this study, the authors anticipate gaining clarification on the way in which these competencies are l
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