Balanced Leadership: Making the Best Use of Personal and Team Leadership in Projects

  • 7h 54m 4s
  • Nathalie Drouin, Ralf Müller, Shankar Sankaran
  • Gildan Media
  • 2022

A new theory of balanced leadership in projects

Leadership is not static. Instead, authority in projects shifts dynamically between project managers, individual team members, and sub-teams, depending on the situation. Leadership may be exercised through a vertical, horizontal, shared, or distributed leadership approach. However, balanced leadership ensures the best suitable approach is used in any given situation.

Based on an award-winning global program of research studies, Balanced Leadership is a thorough investigation of balanced leadership in projects. Ralf Müller, Nathalie Drouin, and Shankar Sankaran present a project-specific leadership approach as well as a theory of balanced leadership, and the situations in which different strategies are required. They also outline the five building blocks that enable balanced leadership: nomination of team members, identification of potential leaders, selection and empowerment of leaders, empowered leadership and its governance, and leadership transition. The book explains the coordination of these building blocks through the socio-cognitive space shared by project manager and team. Using real-life case studies and clear examples, this book offers a new way of considering and utilizing dynamic leadership in project settings.

About the Author

Ralf Müller, DBA, MBA, PMP, is Professor of Project Management at BI Norwegian Business School, and Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney, and Dalian University of Technology in China. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Project Management Journal and a Fellow of both the Project Management Institute (PMI®) and the Centre for Excellence in Project Management. Before joining academia, he spent 30 years in the industry consulting with large enterprises and governments in more than 50 different countries for better project management and governance. He also held related line management positions, such as the Worldwide Director of Project Management at NCR Corporation.

Nathalie Drouin, PhD, MBA, LL.B. is the Executive Director of KHEOPS, an International Research Consortium on the Governance of Large Infrastructure Projects, the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Managing Projects in Business, a full professor at the Department of Management, École des Sciences de la gestion, Université du Québec à Montréal (ESG UQAM), Adjunct Professor at University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia, and Associate Researcher at École nationale d'administration publique (ENAP), Canada. She teaches initiation and strategic management of projects in the Graduate Project Management Programs at ESG UQAM.

Shankar Sankaran, PhD, M., Eng., BSc, DMIT PMP®, MIEAust, CPEng., is Professor of Organizational Project Management in the School of the Built Environment at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia where he is also a core researcher of the Centre of for Informatics Research and Innovation (CiRi). Shankar worked in industry for several years starting as an instrument engineer and moving on to become a project manager, operations manager, and director at Yokogawa Electric Asia in Singapore before entering academia. Shankar is the current Chair of the Global Accreditation Centre of the Project Management Institute, Past President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, and committee member of the College of Leadership and Management at Engineers Australia.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction
  • Chapter 2 - Horizontal Leadership and Its Scenarios
  • Chapter 3 - A Theory of Balanced Leadership
  • Chapter 4 - Nomination
  • Chapter 5 - Identification
  • Chapter 6 - Selection and Empowerment
  • Chapter 7 - Empowered Leadership and Its Governance
  • Chapter 8 - Leadership Transition
  • Chapter 9 - Coordination through the Socio-Cognitive Space
  • Chapter 10 - Balanced Leadership Case Study: Transport for New South Wales, Australia
  • Chapter 11 - Balanced Leadership Case Studies: Two Canadian Projects and Their Socio-Cognitive Space
  • Chapter 12 - The Way Ahead


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