Project and program managers will be asked to spend more time “leading” rather than “managing” their teams.
It is not without coincidence that a small, but growing, number of organizations are now calling their project professionals “leaders,” not “managers.” While the change might be subtle to some, it’s extraordinarily important to others. To be sure, the term project manager will never go out of favor, but to some companies, the ability to “lead” a team is more important and, in the end, more of a factor for success than “managing” one.
The emphasis is on making sure that the professionals accountable for major projects not only have the technical and management savvy to get the job done, but also have the all-important “mojo, secret sauce, and X-factor” of leadership skills to pull a team together and get them aligned in the pursuit of a common objective. And, these organizations are not interested in training project leaders on generic leadership skills; they need them to have very specific project and program leadership skills. Notice the title on business cards today; chances are you’re going to see more project and program “leaders” than “managers.”
ESI International’s top 10 trends in project management highlight the need for leadership within projects, whether agile or Waterfall. They also discuss the challenges associated with finding qualified PMs, and finding the right balance of PM approaches in this evolving industry. ESI International’s top 10 trends in project management were identified by a global panel of ESI senior executives and subject matter experts.