What makes a brilliant project leader?

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Mike ClaytonWhat makes a great project leader? I spoke with Dr. Mike Clayton, author and brains behind OnlinePMCourses.com.
We discussed the key skills and talents that make great project leaders. Here’s what he had for us.
Mike, let’s get to the point. What makes a great project leader?
There are many things that make a great project leader. Let me just focus on three. As I do so, I am assuming that a great project leader will have solid knowledge in project management and be able plan and deliver projects with confidence and assurance.
Project leaders must have team leadership skills, resilience, and integrity. Let’s take a look at each one individually.
1. Essentials for team leadership
The first section of my book outlines the four essentials for team leadership. A great project leader must address each of these elements and keep them in balance.
These four essentials include a focus on people, a clear plan and sharing it, fostering a sense of team spirit and communicating well. Learn more about the four essentials for project team leadership.
2. Resilience
When I think back to the time I was most conspicuously failing as a project leader, it wasn’t about how I led my team or managed my project. It was how I handled myself when under pressure I allowed myself too tired, to become emotionally involved, and lost all perspective.
To be able to deal with the difficult times and remain strong, you must invest in yourself.
3. Integrity
Without integrity, it is nothing. It is not about fakery and show. Integrity is being the leader you are. It is about making the right choices and standing behind them, even when it is difficult. It is also about being respectful, respectful, and honest with your team, suppliers, and stakeholders, even if you disagree with their positions or actions.
Let’s face the truth, if you had the chance to follow someone, wouldn’t you be willing to commit yourself?
What is the difference between leadership and management?
Brilliant Project Leader’s start is illustrated by two buses you can choose to board: the Yellow Bus or the Purple Bus.
The Yellow Bus: To get to their destination, people must get on the yellow bus. It is safe and well-maintained. The driver is able to determine what to do if it stops on the road.
The Purple Bus: When the driver of the purple bus talks about the destination, people want to go on. They enjoy the ride and find it stimulating. They trust the driver, and if the bus stops, they all get out to help.
Which would you choose? The yellow bus driver is a competent manager, while the purple bus driver leads. Both are needed in the world, and both require different skills. We’ll get there!
A project manager creates a plan for what to do and when and directs actions. They communicate the project plan to other people and then focus on systems, processes, and procedures such as a good monitor and control cycle. Because it is their job, people do what a manager asks.
Project leaders create a vision and a strategy and then inspire people to take action, creating a vision for the future. They then focus on people, their commitment, and their ideas. They are open to innovating and willing to take bold decisions that will challenge the status quo.
People will do whatever a leader asks because they want to.
Next: Leadership and projects (and tips to lead your project)
Purple bus for me, every step of the way. Like many project managers, I want my staff to arrive safely at their destination. Can project managers?