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Leadership and Interpersonal Skills        
Leadership Skills for Project Managers
Leading Profitable Business Change in Projects and Programs
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Course No.:
2 Days
14 PDUs / 1.4 CEUs
IIL Virtual Classroom
Course No.:
Four 3-hour sessions
12 PDUs / 1.2 CEUs
Course Level:
Basic project management training or equivalent experience

About the Program
Over the past several decades, the focus for both project and program managers has been simply to manage. In today’s environment, project and program managers are increasingly called upon to be both effective managers and leaders. However, management and leadership are two distinctly different areas of expertise. Knowing the difference between management and leadership, as well as how and when to switch between the two, is more crucial than ever to sustaining profitable business change.

Who Should Attend

  • Project and program managers
  • Project Management Office personnel
  • Business stakeholders with various roles in a project and/or program

Performance Focus
Developing your leadership skills and abilities in both traditional and virtual settings will result in improved team performance, as well as increased stakeholder engagement and commitment. The focus of this course includes learning to communicate with and manage stakeholders more effectively, raise team morale and increase clarity around the business value contribution of various members of your project team.

What You Will Learn
You’ll learn how to:

  • Clearly recognize and describe the differences between leadership and
  • Effectively communicate organizational mission, vision, goals and objectives
  • Understand proven rules of leadership and know which are appropriate in various realworld situations
  • Classify, analyze and practice proven types and styles of leadership
  • Identify what leaders really do
  • Understand and know when to utilize key “L” competencies
  • Review and evaluate leadership within the context of project and program management
  • Explore the key aspects of leadership and communication regarding stakeholder relationship management

Course Overview
Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Course structure
  • Course goal and objectives

Foundation Concepts

  • Class exercise – describe leadership and management
  • Leadership and management defined
  • The real and significant differences
  • Situational leadership application
  • Class discussion on leadership within the participants’ settings
  • The synergistic overlap
  • Colin Powell leadership primer
  • Role play exercise

Proven Leadership Styles

  • Class discussion:
    • What are the primary leadership styles within your setting?
    • Why do the styles work and/or not work?
  • Transactional leadership
  • Transformational leadership
  • Situational role play exercise practicing transactional and transformational leadership
  • Other styles to consider
  • Leadership is confusing: evaluate the top ten of the Top 50 Rules of Leadership

Selecting the Appropriate Leadership Style

  • Class discussion: name and describe various leadership styles. How do you know what type of leadership is appropriate?
  • Criteria for selecting the right style
  • Role of self-awareness
  • Situations that match leadership styles
  • Class discussion: primary leadership styles in participants’ settings
  • Team exercises on applying leadership styles
    • Results when matched to the situation
    • Results when not matched to the situation

Leadership Enablers and Hindrances

  • Review the enablers of successful leadership
  • Review the hindrances of successful leadership
  • Impact of environmental factors such as risk, culture, colleagues

Key Underlying Leadership Competencies in the Project and Program Contexts

  • Business case for effective leadership
  • List of the key leadership competencies
  • The impact of leadership style on delegation approaches
  • Leadership as a form of influencing
  • Team development as a critical leadership competency
  • Detailed review
  • Conduct exercises on the top five competencies

Key Leadership Skills

  • Identify the most important leadership skills
  • Conduct practice exercises for the top five


  • What did we learn, and how can we implement this in our work environments?
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