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The Power of Project Leadership

The Power of Project Leadership

7 Keys to Help You Transform from Project Manager to Project Leader

Susanne Madsen

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Go from project manager to effective project leader by learning how to lead, innovate, and empower your team.

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About the book

In today's 'more for less' culture, the expectations of project management and delivery are no longer limited to budgets, schedules and quality. For projects to make an impact and have lasting value, the project manager must be able to strategize, innovate, motivate, empower and collaborate - in other words, project managers must learn how to lead.

The Power of Project Leadership helps you transform into an effective project leader by shifting your managerial mindset into one of inspiration, motivation and influence. The book describes what good project leadership looks like and explains how to make the transition using concrete tools and strategies. With underlying theories to help the reader understand how teams and individuals are motivated, it ensures that project managers lead with vision, continuously improve and innovate, work with intent, empower the team, get closer to stakeholders, remain authentic and establish a solid foundation for their projects.

The book has a practical and engaging approach and draws on over 25 interviews with leading experts who have made the transition from project managers to project leaders. These experts come from a variety of sectors and companies; including Expedia, British Gas, Standard Bank, Verizon Enterprise Solutions, Liquid Planner, and the UK Government.

Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
  • Section - ONE: The world is changing and so must you;
  • Section - TWO: Your hidden drivers;
  • Section - THREE: The 7 keys to project leadership;
    • Chapter - 01: Key#1: Be authentic;
    • Chapter - 02: Key #2: Lead with vision;
    • Chapter - 03: Key #3: Improve and innovate;
    • Chapter - 04: Key #4: Empower the team;
    • Chapter - 05: Key #5: Get close to your stakeholders;
    • Chapter - 06: Key #6: Establish a solid foundation;
    • Chapter - 07: Key #7: Work with intent;
  • Section - FOUR: Making the transition happen;


Whether you are an experienced practitioner looking to reflect and hone your skills, or setting out with a goal to become an inspirational leader of projects, this book provides the insight to do so. Highly recommended. All my team have a copy. I'm that confident of the effect it will have on my business.
Leadership and Management Ltd

In this great and inspiring book, Susanne has gathered the core elements and key insights to bring you the essence of project leadership. It contains coaching questions that challenge you to think about yourself, assess your situation and commit to becoming the leader you wish to be. This book should be your personal development tool for this year!
Barclaycard Germany

A must-read for everyone in the project world who wants to up their game or be less stressed about delivery. Written with an energy and commitment borne out of personal experience, Susanne's book is packed with frameworks and reflective leadership exercises to challenge the way you work and has many stories from practitioners to inspire. Be brave, take a risk, get a copy and change your game!
OMQ Change Consulting

Susanne Madsen's new book is a great guide for project managers looking to move from implementers to leaders. The emphasis on changing your mindset from one of implementation to one of leadership is one that all project managers should take great effort to apply in their careers.
Wakeman Consulting Group

The Power of Project Leadership captures the essence of leadership, and serves it in a way that project managers are ready and eager to digest. It is a meaningful compilation of what you need to know if you want to move away from simple project management and into project leadership.

Susanne Madsen's book covers everything you need to know to make the transition from a project manager to a project leader. Broken into seven chapters, the book is peppered with short quotes from project leaders, giving a range of perspectives and stories, which bring the content to life. 5 stars.
Project Magazine

Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749472344
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd January 2015
  • Paperback
  • Format: 234x156
  • 288 pages

About the Author

Susanne Madsen is a recognized project leadership expert and a leading project management coach. With over 15 years' experience of managing and implementing large change programmes of up to $30 million for major global corporations she now specializes in helping project and programme managers improve their leadership skills. Susanne is a frequent lecturer with leading business schools, including Warwick Business School, Cass Business School and the University of Westminster and has spoken for organizations including Citigroup, Alcatel Lucent, Expedia, PMI and APM among others.

Susanne Madsen

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