Leadership in Project Management Term Paper by Hans

A look at various aspects of leadership in project management.
# 149865 | 1,840 words | 11 sources | APA | 2010 | GB
Published on Jan 04, 2012 in Business (Management)

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This paper considers the issue of leadership in relation to the subject of project management. The paper applies several well known theories and models including, Adair's action centered leadership model. According to the paper, this approach focuses on the needs of the task, team and individual (TTI). The paper also considers other key elements such as hard and soft systems issues. The paper concludes by stating that role of the leader in project management may be seen not only as a project manager but as the person who is pivotal in the balancing of a wider set of needs. In this case namely balancing the needs of the team and the individual in order to achieve the ultimate aims of the task.


Task, Team and Individual

From the Paper:

"In the field of project management one can see that there are a wide number of techniques and tools from the project management literature which fulfil the needs of the task. Such tools include tools such as Gantt charts and Project Network diagrams for planning and indicating the allocation of resources, through to organisation structures showing roles and accountabilities (Fitzsimmons and Fitzsimmons 2008). Despite this one can also conclude that a project may be planned and prepared to perfection. However, it is only the addition of teams and the individuals within those teams that will take a set of best intentions, and thus transform these plans into a finished and successful project. The importance of the dynamic between the task and the other two elements is clear given that the task element makes specific reference to the defining and achieving of group work and tasks. As such this suggests that even the task element could not exist without the support and input of teams and individuals."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Adair, J. 1979. Action cantered leadership. Gower Publishing.
  • Belbin, R, M. 1993. Team roles at work. Butterworth Heinemann.
  • Fitzsimmons, J, A, Fitzsimmons, M, J. 2008. Service management: Operations, strategy, information technology. 6th ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill.
  • Handy, C. 1999. Understanding organizations. 4th ed. London: Penguin Books.
  • Huczynski, A, A, Buchanan, D, A. 2007. Organizational Behaviour. 6th ed. Harlow: FT Prentice Hall.

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