Projects need leaders who are able to bring out the best in others, unite their teams, engage business partners and facilitate harmonious delivery. Project Leadership explains the core features of leadership for project managers, enabling them to develop a leadership style that is authentic and transparent, informed by a perspective of psychological understanding and personal growth.
This book enables both potential and prominent leaders to dig deeper into the meaning of leadership, fostering personal growth which enables professional development. It opens with an introductory orientation on leadership and links it with management in general and project management in particular. The reader is then encouraged to take an introspective approach, underpinned by the fundamentals of cognitive-behavioural psychology and theories of personal growth, in order to develop authenticity in their leadership style. To this end, the reader is encouraged to develop an awareness of unconscious aspects of their personality with the help of insights from depth psychology, as well as the fundamentals of creative thinking, ethical thinking and logical thinking. This is all carefully and pragmatically applied to the context of leadership of projects, with the aim to foster growth and development in individuals, project teams and organisations.
Project Leadership is also an ideal introductory book for undergraduate and postgraduate leadership programs.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements, List of Figures, List of Tables, Series Preface, Foreword, Chapter 1 Transparent Project Leadership, Chapter 2: Strategic Growth and Development, Chapter 3 Self-Management for Leadership, Chapter 4 Development, Health and defences, Chapter 5 Self and economy of mind, Chapter 6 Creative leadership, Chapter 7 Ethical leadership, Chapter 8 Critical leadership, Chapter 9 Project leadership in society, Index
Dr Haukur Ingi Jonasson is a professor at Reykjavik University, a consultant and Certified Stanford Project Manager. His background is in theology, philosophy, and psychology, which he applies to engineering and management. He is the author of several books on leadership and management.
Dr Helgi Thor Ingason is a professor at Reykjavik University, a consultant, and a Certified Senior Project Manager. He is the author of several books on management and his work has been published in the Project Management Journal, International Journal of Project Management, and Journal of Metals.
"The art and science of leadership is a highly valued skill. Most people learn leadership through experience. This comprehensive book by Jonasson and Ingason provides an organized way to learn and apply competent management skills. Not only is there practical content on leadership styles and transparency but its framework is grounded in psychology. Project leadership is a must-read book for not only students but both project leaders and those who aspire to be one. I strongly recommend this cutting-edge book." - Dr Ann Wolbert Burgess, professor at Boston College, Project leader of the FBI research project depicted in Mindhunters/Netflix (there portrayed as Dr Wendy Carr).
"This concise book offers a creative, critical and a very practical insights on future leadership. It applies to project leadership but does also expand far beyond that. It skillfully challenges managers and leaders to truly examine themselves for better results and more abundant living. Its content, if taken seriously, can do wonders for you and your teams." - Hilmar Veigar Petursson CEO, CCP Games and creator of Eve online.