the project manager--a leader
Nearly every human activity--from raising a family, to buying a car, to moving into a new home--is a type of project that the participants must manage if they are to realize their goal. And to manage any such effort, the team needs someone who possesses the knowledge, skills, and vision to oversee their performance and guide them towards accomplishing their objective. The team needs a project leader. This article examines fifteen leadership attributes that distinguish accomplished and skilled project professionals. In doing so, it defines each attribute and explains how each enables project managers to function as the leaders their project teams need, as the professional who can direct the team's activities, motivate team members, manage conflict and complexity--as well as uncertainty, define and outline project objectives and priorities, build project teams and develop team member skills, facilitate team decision making, generate organizational support, communicate effectively, and establish credibility.