Evolving project leadership: From command and control to engage and empower
Evolving project leadership presents the project practitioner with two journeys: the first establishes a vision of what good project leadership looks like; the second offers concrete steps to achieving this.
Building on the inclusive leadership message summarised in the APM Body of Knowledge 7th edition, the book shows how outdated command and control behaviours are seldom effective in today’s changed delivery environment and can actually be counter-productive to project success.
As an alternative, the book shows how the effective project leader evaluates the self, the team and the organisational culture to cultivate fit-for-purpose project leadership behaviours such as empowering team agility, synergy and collaboration.
Evolving project leadership offers a structured path to effective project leadership and team delivery.
Paperback: 246 x 189 mm, [page extent 238 pages]
Author: Gordon MacKay
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Gordon’s working life began as a Royal Navy Marine Engineering Artificer Apprentice, followed by active service. This period of self discovery inspired a life-long love of learning, from a subsequent BA(Hons) Degree in Organisation Studies, an MBA, to a BSc(Hons) Degree in Environmental Science. A successful project setting up a call centre in just seven weeks led to his appointment as call centre manager, leading 1,200 FTE. A formative experience, this triggered reflection and insights on fit-for-purpose leadership informing a first book on Practical Leadership.
Ongoing research paralleled project management for Cap Gemini Ernst & Young based in Shaftesbury Avenue, London, and Scottish Water based in Inverness, before eight years in Sellafield, of which four years as project management capability lead. His leadership studies have progressively extended into psychology, with insights emerging from the latest research in neurology as informed by neuroscience.
This book draws on 48 years of research and experience informing an evolution in leadership, from traditional forms, to that evolved for effective project management.