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Project Leader Hero or villain in project management

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Project Management

Profile of the Project Leader

The Project Leader is the one that molds and shapes the structure of each group. With his leadership, the leader can get to form groups of people who manage to function as a real work team.

The leader based on the motto divides and reigns, governs with great success the working group but does not produce a team capable of achieving success, only groups people to perform a specific task.

The good leader with his actions develops work teams, using the right mix of loyalty, motivation, and confidence that every human being needs to believe and undertake in pursuit of group objectives.

The project leader has to manage all the project stakeholders; lead, direct, coordinate with your work team; plan, organize, monitor and evaluate the progress and results of the project; communicate, solve problems, motivate, direct and attend meetings, interact with clients; hiring, supervising, promoting or dismissing staff. All this requires not only knowledge in the branch of project management, but also human resources, conflict resolution, and other branches that allow it to be multifunctional and effective. For this reason, it can not be satisfied with the acquired knowledge alone, but it must be maintained in continuous learning for the development of abilities, abilities, and skills that increase its personal competences.

Functions of the Project Leader

  • Manages and assigns human and other resources.
  • Defines the priorities of the tasks within and/or related to the project.
  • Coordinate interactions with customers and end users.
  • Plan the iterations.
  • Plan and assign tasks as reasonably as possible.
  • Defines the organization and structure of the project.
  • It establishes the lines of work to follow to guarantee the quality and integrity of the deliverables of the project.
  • Motivates and organizes the work team to achieve a defined objective.
  • It establishes the working hours of the team.
  • Plan and carry out the control meetings of the work team in the established time.
  • Maintains control of the outcome of these meetings.
  • Informs about the current status of the project.
  • Maintains the project plan.

Project Leader Skills

  • Master the techniques of motivation and organization of group work.
  • Master the distribution techniques and allocation of human and material resources.
  • Use communication methods
  • Knowledge of the complete life cycle of a project.
  • Master the techniques of time planning, cost estimation, resource estimation, and risk estimation.
  • Domain of the organization and structuring of work teams, task distribution and time management.
  • The domain of planning tools.
  • Mastery of research and control methodologies.
  • Master Standards of Quality and International Standards.

Competencies of the Project Leader

  • Communicator. The leader must be an excellent communicator at all levels, must communicate the objectives and tasks of the project to his work team, must also render accounts and communicate progress to his client and report the status of the project and results to senior management. Must be able to connect and connect with people, transmit and share a joint vision and lead others in the direction necessary to achieve the objectives of the project, for this, it is not necessary to be a great speaker or a great motivator, just a great communicator.
  • Professionalism. Professionalism determines the conduct of the Project Leader, and it has to do for the regulations and procedures of the company and its organizational culture, as well as the consideration and respect towards its collaborators and superiors.
  • Effectiveness. Effectiveness has to do with achieved results, achieving in turn that the objectives of the project are achieved in time, cost and scope agreed with the client.
  • Integrity. The leader can not expect honesty from his team if he does not exercise it and serves as a model of behavior. On this depends that you earn the respect of your collaborators and can achieve the commitment of your team for the success of the project.
  • Creative and Innovative This quality is fundamental; creativity is the ability to generate ideas, the attitude of creating and innovating allows identifying solutions to problems arising during the execution of the project, discovering how the same result can be reached through other equally viable options.
  • Leadership. It is understood as the ability to take the initiative, manage, convene, promote, encourage, motivate and evaluate a group or team.
  • Strategist and Visionary. The leader should not leave things to chance, should work in a planned manner; improvisation is forbidden in suggestion. You must see an opportunity in each situation, be in a permanent analysis and stimulating your creativity, being innovative, testing viable possibilities taking advantage of the competitive advantage of the company.
  • Develop others. The strength of the project leader lies in his work team, that is why he must become an innate educator, seeking the development and capacity building of all the members of his team, to guarantee excellence in the project and the fulfillment of the objectives. He must be a good trainer not only of his team but also of his clients.
  • Passion. The project leader will achieve greater success as he tackles his task with passion and this means putting his talent to work at maximum performance. As long as he is passionate about his work, he will be able to inject passion into his team.
  • Optimism. Optimism is the value that helps us face difficulties with good courage and perseverance, discovering the positive things that people and circumstances have, trusting in our abilities and possibilities along with the help we can receive.

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