Project Management Institute

The project manager as team builder

creating an effective team

A typical trait shared among projects that lack clarity and authority--in addition to often failing to meet schedule, cost, and quality expectations--is the prevalence of poor project team communication and weak project leadership. This article examines the tools that can help project managers successfully deliver projects that meet expected outcomes, tools that all focus on project leadership. In doing so, it begins by discussing several failed projects and the reasons why these efforts failed, reasons all related to weak project leadership. It then describes the basics of strong project leadership in relation to mission statements and performance-based project cultures in which project managers encourage team members to acquire new skills. It details the twelve characteristics of effective project teams in relation to the project manager's responsibilities and activities and identifies two ways project managers can acquire team-building skills.
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