Leader or Manager? The Art of Balancing Both to Achieve Success
Type: Symposium Track Session Track: Project Management
Tuesday October 31 10:00am to 11:00am Credits: 1 PMI PDU, 1 IIBA CDU
Is it leadership or management that is most needed for successful projects in this century?
How can you balance both and enhance leadership skills of yourself and your team members?
Leadership is an ability to get things done through others while winning their respect, confidence, loyalty, willing cooperation and commitment. It involves focusing the efforts of a group of people toward a common goal and inspiring them to work as a real team. Management requires an appropriate balance of technical, human and conceptual skills along with principles and best practices of project management to meet defined objectives. All project managers are not necessarily leaders, but the most effective project managers over the long-term prove to be good leaders as well.
In a project environment, leading is not necessarily the same as managing. Both project leadership and management are important for successful project management. Good project managers understand the importance of managing stakeholders through effective leadership and are able to adjust their leadership styles according to the situation. You'll evaluate, improve and refine your leadership skills and discover methods for increasing your total power.
Recognize the importance of Human factors in Project Management
Identify main management functions and understand the difference between the role of a leader versus manager and how leadership is related to the project life cycle
Recognize important dimensions to improve team leadership
Vijay Verma TRIUMF Researcher Emeritus, Vijay K. Verma is an internationally-renowned speaker and an author. He has authored a three-volume series on the Human Aspects of Project Management published by the Project Management Institute (PMI), which include – "Organizing Projects for Success", "Human Resource Skills for the Project Manager", and Managing the Project Team". Mr. Verma received the 2009 PMI Fellow Award (one of the highest and most prestigious award), 1999 PMI David I. Cleland Project Management Literature Award (for his book “Managing the Project Team”), and the 1999 PMI Distinguished Contribution Award for sustained and significant contributions to the project management profession.
Mr. Verma has given numerous keynote presentations at various conferences. He has authored and presented many papers at national and international conferences on the Human Aspects of Project Management and Managing Cross-Cultural Teams. He has presented several workshops on project management in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, South Africa, China, and India with participants from a wide range of industries. His presentations have been attended by over 4000 professionals working in the area of Project Management and have helped enhance their skills and confidence in managing projects effectively.
Mr. Verma has worked for over 38 years in the area of Project Management at TRIUMF (TRI University Meson Facility). Here he has provided project management services for projects varying in size, complexity, and diversity. Mr. Verma has served as the President of the Project Management Institute (PMI) West Coast BC Chapter (1988-1989) and as V.P. of Programmes for PMI, West Coast BC Chapter (1986-1988). He is a professional engineer and holds a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from DalTech, Halifax and an MBA from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. He lives in Vancouver, Canada, with his wife.