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Leadership competency profiles of successful project managers
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå School of Business.
Lille School of Management, Avenue Willy Brandt, F59777 Euralille, France.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Project Management, ISSN 0263-7863, Vol. 28, no 5, 437-448 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines the leadership competency profiles of successful project managers in different types of projects. Four hundredresponses to the Leadership Development Questionnaire (LDQ) were used to profile the intellectual, managerial and emotional competences(IQ, MQ and EQ, respectively) of project managers of successful projects. Differences by project type were accounted for through categorization of projects by their application type (engineering & construction, information & telecommunication technology, organizationalchange), complexity, importance and contract type. Results indicate high expressions of one IQ sub-dimension (i.e. critical thinking) and three EQ sub-dimensions (i.e. influence, motivation and conscientiousness) in successful managers in all types of projects. Other sub-dimensions varied by project type. Comparison was made to existing profiles for goal oriented, involving and engaging leadershipstyles. Implications derived are the need for practitioners to be trained in the soft factors of leadership, particular for their types ofprojects. Theoretical implications include the need for more transactional styles in relatively simple projects and more transformational leadership styles in complex projects.

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Elsevier , 2010. Vol. 28, no 5, 437-448 p.
Keyword [en]
Competence, Emotional intelligence, Leadership, Profiles, Project management
National Category
Business Administration
Research subject
Business Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-33840DOI: 10.1016/j.ijproman.2009.09.003OAI: diva2:318251
Available from: 2010-05-07 Created: 2010-05-07Bibliographically approved

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