Project Managers and their teams often perceive the Senior Leaders of their organizations as either clueless about project management or impediments to success. Senior Leaders, in turn, often feel inadequate in the face of complex technical, financial, legal, and organizational complexities, and either focus on just one area or become either nitpickers or virtual spectators. At a conference last year Karen Richey of GAO and I spoke about what we believe Senior Leaders can do, without needing special knowledge or superhuman efforts on their part, to contribute to assuring project success, and we followed that by a discussion among senior leaders themselves. We share a summary of that talk, the results of that discussion and thoughts on the “tricks of the trade” that senior leaders can use to be effective players and an important part of Project Management.
PMI Talent Triangle: Leadership