Leadership Lessons for a Successful Project Execution

By on September 14, 2015

Project management has evolved to a great extent and with that, so has the role of leadership. Today, project leaders are expected to lead change over timelines, assignments, tasks and approvals, there are project management tools to look after the rudimentary. With heightened technological involvement, evolution process has accelerated and it is crucial that the leadership is driven by fresh thinking while understanding the changing business needs and support from a larger set of contributors. We discuss a few leadership lessons for better project execution.

Project execution skills
The three factors that lay foundation to successful project management are time, budget and quality. The onus of ensuring that all three are managed through the course of the project lies on the leadership. Project management may have become more flexible and open, but these three foundation remain unchanged. Constantly keeping the team members vigilant about these three factors is imperative for effective project management.

Agility and Micromanagement
Leadership must remain agile in terms of accepting and adopting change. The environment in which business operates is dynamic, and agility is required to respond to rising issues. The formal management methods can weigh you down.
Effective delegation of authority is what defines the effective leader. Without being overly analytical or investing too much time in the smallest detail, project managers should focus on achieving milestones for project completion. The key is to balance hard and soft skills to ensure that the team stays focused and dedicated to their tasks.

Risk Management
New projects are fraught with risks, both foreseeable and unforeseeable. Effective leaders keep room for improvisation in the face of any new risk that may arise. Effective project management is about detecting potential issues and addressing the problem. Without being critical, it is the role of the leader to ensure that team members do not hesitate to report concerns. They should be forthcoming and approachable so that employees can discuss challenges and avoid being the impediment. A live project risk database helps in keeping track of issues and resolutions. While keeping a lookout for risks is essential, it is equally important to not get carried away and get overly cautious. Risk management is about being aware and being prepared without being overly cautious.

Communicating the Needs
In the new business environment, employee communication patterns have also evolved. Today’s leader is approachable and easy to engage with. The channels for open communication must be kept open so that employee suggestions and issues can be discussed and acted upon quickly. Not only does this eliminate errors substantially and mitigate risk, it also improves productivity and speeds the work process. This helps save time and money and builds employee trust and efficiency.

Communicating the Needs and the Vision
It helps to have a shared vision of the finished deliverables in the minds of all team members. Specific diagrams, images, figures and crisp points helps in identifying the project goals and makes it easier to follow them. A multi-layered vision of objective that need to be achieved helps in making the summit appear reachable without being overwhelmed. Priorities must be identified, and process reviews and approvals must be streamlined while maintaining the project direction.

Keep planning, improvising helps often
It is essential for the project’s success to have a clear roadmap from start to finish, however, project planning must be kept open and viewed as ongoing. This helps the team to cope with any new requirements, sudden changes or risks. It is generally preferred to keep improves to the minimum, however, a dash of creativity helps in improvising when absolutely essential.
The role of leadership in project management hasn’t changed much from the traditional sense, that of captaining the ship. However, the approach has varied and the mark of a true leaders is that they are ready for the change.

Sonal Maheshwari

Sonal Maheshwari loves pursuing excellence through writing and has a passion for technology. She has successfully managed and run personal technology magazines and websites. She currently writes for intellipaat.com , a global training company that provides e-learning and professional certification training. The courses offered by Intellipaat address the unique needs of working professionals. She is based out of Bangalore and has an experience of 5 years in the field of content writing and blogging. Her work has been published on various sites related to Hadoop, Big Data, Tableau Training in Bangalore , Cloud Computing, IT, SAP, Project Management and more.