We all need and thrive for successful projects. But what does it take to get there? There is no doubt that good project management is a critical success factor. But is it really sufficient? I don’t think so. Instead, effective project management needs to have a solid foundation in project leadership AND team work. It takes a performing team to run a project successfully. And it takes effective leadership to empower the team to do so. This is why team building is a decisive factor for project success.
Based on my own experience I have identified 5 team leadership principles that build a foundation for effective team building. They include
- building a common project vision,
- nurturing team collaboration,
- cultivating team performance,
- promoting team learning,
- ensuring team delivery.
These 5 principles encompass the core of effective leadership in a team.
In my upcoming lecture at the 8th NASA Project Management Challenge in Long Beach, CA, USA, Feb 9-10, 2011 I will present these 5 principles of effective project leadership and show how they can help build and manage a performing and winning team. – See you in Long Beach!