Third wave project leadership
Futurist Alvin Toffler has described our era's three major economic periods or 'waves' as: 1) the Agricultural, 2) the Industrial, and 3) the Information or Knowledge Wave. This article maintains that project management is a central concept in this third wave and suggests that it will be a major evolutionary force driving it. In order for this to happen, project managers need to shift their emphasis from being project professionals to becoming leaders of organizational change. Future project managers will need to take on four key leaderships roles: 1) 'strategy settlers' who articulate and commit to project goals; 2) consensus builders; 3) system integrators, who act as the focal points for gathering separate project elements; and 4) change agents, working beyond the traditional limits of their teams and organizations to shape the organizational culture of the future.