Take your leadership skills to the next level

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

If you have reached the point where you are in charge of a project team, you clearly possess some leadership skills. You already know how to convince your team to follow your plans, and you've demonstrated an ability to mediate disputes and chart a path forward in difficult times.

In short, you're a good leader. But do you have what it takes to be a great leader?

There is a fine line that separates "good" from "great." Great leaders are relentless at putting effort into projects. They are experts at communicating not only an overarching vision, but also the frequent feedback and motivational statements needed to get—and keep—a team moving in the right direction.

Great leaders know to avoid micro-managing the day-to-day details while staying in touch with what is going on.

"Form teams and groups that are constituted for maximum effectiveness," advises a recent article on Inc.com. "Recognize that in order to do their very best work most employees need consistent support and input from co-workers, peers, and managers. When you create this kind of environment, you'll see an immediate impact on productivity and effectiveness—as well as morale."

The truth, as all great leaders know, is that you are only as great as the team you lead.

At New Leaf Project Management, we offer over 200 hours of training to help take your management skills from "good" to "great." Our 2-day program, "Leading the Project Team," will show you how to transform any team into a high-performing one. In addition, our white papers and online QPM games offer an affordable way to earn the necessary project management PDUs.

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