The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader

The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader

by Susanne Madsen

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780749472344
Publisher: Kogan Page, Ltd
Publication date: 01/28/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 1,214,889
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Susanne Madsen is a project leadership expert and one of the world's leading project management coaches. She has experience managing and implementing large change programs for major corporations worldwide, and she is a regular speaker for organizations including Citigroup, Alcatel Lucent, Expedia and APM. She lectures at leading business schools, such as Warwick Business School, Cass Business School and the University of Westminster. Madsen specializes in helping project, program and change managers improve their leadership skills so that they can gain control of their projects and their career.  She is frequently interviewed on PM Podcast, blogs regularly for project management sites, including, and, and is author of Project Management Coaching Workbook (Management Concepts).

Table of Contents

Foreword by Eddie Obeng
Foreword by Mary McKinlay

The world needs your genius and it needs your leadership
What you will get from this book
The four chapters
Website and bonus material
What motivated me to write this book?

ONE  The world is changing and so must you
Management versus leadership
The more-for-less culture is upon us
We don’t need more followers; we need leaders!
The three most fundamental mistakes project managers make
The Project Leadership Matrix™ and your modus operandi
Moving towards project leadership
How to embed the new behaviour

TWO  Your hidden drivers
Your biggest challenges
Is your mindset serving you?
The empowering mindset
Understanding your big why
The six human needs
How to embed the new behaviour

THREE  The 7 keys to project leadership

Key #1: Be authentic
Authentic leaders live by their core values
Listen to your intuition and gut instinct
Understand the values that are authentic to you
Building self-esteem
How to embed the new behaviour

Key #2: Lead with vision
The importance of having a clear vision
Partner with your client
The importance of business acumen
The strategic measures of success
The human aspect of change
How to embed the new behaviour

Key #3: Improve and innovate
The status quo is not an option
What is holding us back?
Overcoming roadblocks
Diversity of thought powers innovation
The power of questions
How to embed the new behaviour

Key #4: Empower the team
Great leaders create space for others to grow and excel
The importance of energy and engagement to team performance
The yin and yang of project leadership™
The Tuckman model
The six human needs
We need more than money to be truly fulfilled
Overcoming obstacles
How to embed the new behaviour

Key #5: Get close to your stakeholders
The importance of strong interpersonal relationships
The importance of trust
Communicate with clarity
Stakeholder analysis
Walking into the lion’s cage
Overcoming roadblocks
Transactional analysis theory
Understanding personality types
How to embed the new behaviour

Key #6: Establish a solid foundation
People deliver projects, but processes support them in doing so
Project management mistakes
Project definition
Why/who/what questions
How/when/what questions
Risk management
Estimating effort and measuring value
Governance and communication
Project reviews
How to embed the new behaviour

Key #7: Work with intent
The Time Management Triangle™
Breaking the vicious circle
The art of delegation
How to embed the new behaviour

FOUR  Making the transition happen
Acknowledge your achievements
Be honest about your ambitions
Determine your actions
Act your way into thinking
Expand your comfort zone
Manage your mind
Coach yourself to success
How to embed the new behaviour



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