About this Workshop

Leadership Skills for Successful Projects

Managing projects is a challenging task. To run a successful project, one must be proficient at management – managing costs, schedules, personnel, deadlines, etc.  Being a great manager is a good start, but it’s not enough. Leadership is the differentiator – it is essential to keeping the workforce engaged, building customer intimacy, creating productive teams, and working through the constant change that is associated with successful projects. This workshop focuses on the necessary skills of both project management and effective leadership to help you execute better on projects, focus on strengthening relationships, and win new work to keep your business thriving.

Details: 4 Days

Session Information

Key Concepts of Project Management – An overview of project management is discussed, as well as the key skills that project managers need to possess to be successful.

Self-Assessment/Objective Setting – You will be given the opportunity to assess yourself as a leader and set objectives for the workshop, as well as learn about the other participants in the workshop.

Project Management Skills – An introduction will be made to the key skills a project manager needs to set up a project for success, such as project initiation, project kickoff meeting, and staff planning.

Finance – This covers the major components of project finance, to include budgeting, DSO, causes of project management failures, cost and schedule management, and project reviews.

Contracts – You will learn how to understand contracts, how to manage scope creep, managing subcontractor performance, how to grow the program, as well as managing risk.

Negotiations – This topic is essential for a successful project manager and covers the psychology of influence, negotiation preparation, rules of negotiations, and inhibitors to negotiations success.

Business Rhythm and Ethics – Business rhythm is the process by which the project manager makes the interactions of the team predictable in format and schedule. This portion of the program covers business rhythm best practices, as well as drives home the importance and key aspects of program ethics.

Emotional Intelligence – By discussing topics such as the Johari Window, levels of emotional intelligence, Transactional Analysis, and the brain and fight or flight reactions, you will be able to understand the importance of this topic in project success.

Performance Management – Effectively managing people requires the ability to give effective feedback manage conflict, and drive toward performance, which will be discussed in the context of the conflict loop, Karpman’s drama triangle, and Interpersonal theory and assertiveness.

High Performance Teams – In understanding team types, stages in the life of a team, and moving a team toward sustainable high performance, you will be better able to create healthy teams that maintain high performance over time.

Building Trusted Relationships – In this unit, empathy and active listening will be used to understand the essential foundation of trust, as well as using the trust formula to operationalize how to build trust will all stakeholders in your organization.

Embedding Culture – Culture is frequently discussed in organizations but often not well understood. This discussion will concretely operationalize six culture-embedding mechanisms so that you can easily translate this into action in your organization.

Leading Change and Resiliency – You will learn how to move from passive reactors to change to being effective change agents by understand how change impacts you personally and how you can lead your teams through change.

Peer Participant 360 – This is an opportunity for you to practice the essential skills of giving feedback to your peers in the workshop, which will be used to help frame where you are most effective and where you can capitalize on further growth.

Personal Action Planning – This final activity allows you to consider all of the learning from the workshop, and the feedback from your peers, when creating a concrete action plan that details how you will carry forward what you have learned into your organization.

Business Impact

  • Increased employee engagement, improving vital metrics, such as delivering to the time, cost, and plan of the project.
  • Decreased employee turnover, resulting in significant financial savings to the organization and minimizing productivity loss.
  • Improved communication and collaboration across teams, leading to higher customer confidence and satisfaction.
  • Higher awareness of personal leadership skills and how to successfully model this for the next generation of project managers.
  • Better coordination and communication between Project Managers and the support organizations.
  • Improved performance on and expanded revenue beyond current projects.
  • Increased trust with clients by building customer intimacy.
  • Development of leadership role models who always meet their commitments.

What Skills will I Learn?

  • How to leverage leadership skills to most efficiently manage project performance.
  • How to lead effectively outside of your team, by successfully engaging customers, shareholders, and other stakeholders.
  • Ways to create and maintain high performance in teams.
  • Create a positive culture that focuses on corporate growth and performance.
  • Manage personal reactions to organizational change and lead teams effectively through this change.
  • Understand the fundamentals of Profit and Loss responsibilities.
  • Recognize the importance of project management scope.
  • Determine the key responsibilities for managing subcontractors.
  • Tools for identifying, assessing, and resolving risks and opportunities.
  • Techniques for planning and conducting negotiations personally and professionally.
  • Managing in an ethical manner, even around the gray areas.
  • The reasons projects fail and how to prevent it from occurring.