Project management is a practice, more precisely, a set of skills. Project managers must excel at leadership, time management, financial planning, risk mitigation, technological savvy, bargaining, investigative, and problem-solving skills.
Leadership necessarily involves a combination of soft communication skills, reflective listening, and motivation, as well as bottom-line project management abilities. The ability to manage the team members and how they interact with one another is necessary to guarantee to work cohesively. A strong team commitment, which is at the heart of every project’s success is also the successful result of effective leadership.
Being an effective project manager in today’s fast-changing workplace, with the rise of remote and hybrid teams, necessitates not only a stockpile of leadership skills but also a command of various leadership styles. While no one is born a leader, everyone has a “natural” leadership style—a way of guiding, coaching, motivating, and inspiring others that is compatible with their personality and personal strengths.
Here are three major leadership styles, along with tips on how to implement each to the challenges of executing the project and the team behind it.
Also known as Democratic Leadership, involves all team members in highlighting relevant project scope, developing processes and tactics to accomplish them, and innate response to keep the momentum going. When there is a high level of trust between the project manager and the team, as well as different perceptions on an issue, participatory leadership works best in these settings.
This is the most liberating method for a leader while handling a project team. A facilitator leader plays a secondary role and allows team members to “own” project issues by providing them the responsibility and power to discover the perfect solutions. One such style is ideal when team members have the expertise and knowledge to make sound decisions for the project’s success and when group dynamics are strong.
Project managers must now and then instruct their team members on what to do and how to do the project. That is when Directive Leadership shines the brightest. This approach may be perceived as more direct, “I’m in charge.” At the early stages of a project or in the case of emergencies, directive leadership is frequently required. This approach can also be practical when team members have no prior experience with the type of project at hand.
A brilliant leader is required for every successful business. The best part about leadership is that there is no single path to success. There are various management leadership styles that you can employ to best suit you and your employees.
Written & Complied by Faber Aleena
Image Source- www,freepik.com