Managing Projects for Impact

Managing others and yourself is imperative to successfully achieve the project's objectives. This course will explore personal mastery, leadership styles, influence models and personality types.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

1) Identify leadership skills to improve project management

2) Explore your leadership styles so that you can manage yourself and how you manage your team

Leadership Skills for the Project Manager

Leadership Skills for the Project Manager

Identify the leadership qualities required to manage a project successfully

When managing a project you are responsible for the successful completion of the project. 

A definition of a project manager:

A project manager is the person responsible for leading a project from its inception to execution. This includes planning, execution and managing the people, resources and scope of the project. Project managers must have the discipline to create clear and attainable objectives and to see them through to successful completion. The project manager has full responsibility and authority to complete the assigned project. (

People are very important to the success of project – the sponsor, stakeholders, suppliers, the client, project members and others. Leadership skills help one lead a project successfully.

Many projects fail not because of a lack of expertise and technical knowledge but through poor management of people especially the poor management of the project team.

The Project Manager must be able to understand his or hers team members but they must know and manage themselves in the first instance.

First: What is your leadership style?


Who are your team members?

3.  Ability to influence your project team members, stakeholders, clients, sponsor and suppliers/contracts

The Influence Model (Cohen-Bradford Influence Model)

This model is useful to use when you have to persuade those that you have no direct line management authority over.  Therefore this is useful for project management, as you are required to use staff that you do not directly line manage and need to obtain resources where very often you need to persuade others in the organisation for the resources.

The model has six steps:

  1. Assume that everyone can help you.
  2. Prioritize objectives.
  3. Understand the other person's situation.
  4. Identify what matters; to you and to them.
  5. Analyze the relationship
  6. Make the "exchange."

name the four personality styles that you will find in your team

  • driver, analytical, expressive and amiable
  • lion,driver, dominate,choleric
  • otter, influencer, expressive, phelgmatic
  • moses, beaver, analytical, melancholic

Leadership Styles

  • Susan instructs her team to follow her brief without question this is an example of a commanding leadership style.
  • Heather meets with her team and discusses their opinion on a project and the way forward, she listens to her team and considers their opinions. This is an example of a pacesetting leadership style.