The 2nd edition of The Power of Project Leadership: 7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader by Susanne Madsen is a book that will help you become a valuable leader that not only will deliver the project successfully but will inspire the entire team to make changes into improving their personal skills. This book will support you to transform not only your logical side but will also improve your creative and emotional sides.
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The 2nd edition of The Power of Project Leadership is a fully revised and updated edition that contains 20% new content. The author, Susanne Madsen points out that her insights into project leadership, emotional intelligence, team dynamics, and management challenges have broadened and widened since the publication of the 1st edition in 2015. During those four years, she has continued to work as an independent project leadership coach, trainer, and facilitator for some of the largest corporations around the world. She has incorporated her inclusive and highly beneficial knowledge in the 2nd edition of her book.
Every chapter is comprehensive and up-to-date with the latest changes in project leadership. The idea of this book is to keep track of those changes in order to be relevant.
The success of the project leader is not dependent on their knowledge alone, but on the manner how they implement that knowledge. This book will help you how to apply your knowledge in a given situation. Moreover, it will show you how to help and motivate others.
According to the author, there are 7 keys that will show and help you to transform yourself into a leader. The keys are:
Key #1: Be authentic.
Key #2: Lead with vision.
Key #3: Improve and innovate.
Key #4: Empower the team.
Key #5: Build trust with stakeholders.
Key #6: Use powerful techniques.
Key #7: Work with intent.
The 7 keys are explained in detail in Chapter 3 which is the main body of the book. These keys cover the complete set of skills, capabilities, and behaviors that you need to become an effective project leader.
The Power to Project Leadership is created for anyone involved in projects and programmes that would like to improve their leading skills and implement changes. Those people may include:
- Project Managers
- Programme Managers
- Change Managers
- PMO Staff
- Team Leaders
- Department Heads
- Line Managers
.. and anyone else who wants to make better changes in the projects.
Moreover, this book can be used as teaching material for MBA students and professional trainers that are focused on leadership skills, and transformation into better leaders.
The author’s aim is not to inform, but to inspire you to take action to implement the ideas presented in the book into changing yourself into a leader. She provides straightforward suggestions and powerful exercises by combining transformational stories and interviews with project leaders and management professionals.
This book is also supported with additional materials such as inspirational videos, worksheets, templates, background materials, podcasts, and recommended resources. These materials are collected on the supported website The Power of Project Leadership.
Well-written and grounded in research with valuable references, check-lists, methods, and great problem-solving techniques, this book is a self-teaching guide for project managers who want to move forward to becoming leaders. What we like the most is that this book will show you how to shift your mindset from managing to leading, plus it will teach you how to adapt to the new fast-changing and complex environment. These shifts will enable you to successfully lead and deliver your projects in more productive and innovative ways. It will assist you in every step you take to transition into a confident, inspirational, and focused project leader who continuously improves themselves and contributes real value in any project they lead.
Furthermore, The Power of Leadership will teach you how to address the most crucial causes of project failure. It is not only a theory book, but it is a book that offers practical tactics that can be used in day-to-day work activities.
Finally, this book teaches you to apply all insights, tools, and strategies to yourself. First, you’ll need to change your existing behaviors if you want to transform yourself into an inspirational leader. Once, you have applied these techniques to your personality, you will be able to apply them to your working skills. Lastly, you will be able to apply them to the people you work with. In fact, this book helps you to transform into a better version of yourself.
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This book review was written by Lidija Magdeska