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Balanced leadership – a project specific form of leadership

High Live 1 (Video)Datum: 9 mar 2020 kl 15:15PDU-Code: C1819NUSOP+

Balanced leadership – a project specific form of leadership 

Leadership in projects is often separated in vertical leadership exercised by the project manager and shared/distributed leadership that stems from the project team. Research on project reality shows that leadership is not as static as existing literature suggest, but changes constantly, in situational dependency over the life-time of a project. A large PMI funded global study showed that the existing leadership approaches are complemented in projects settings by a new form of leadership, called horizontal leadership, where the project manager empowers one of the team members as temporary leader and then governs him/her closely through the assignment. Moreover, the study showed that leadership authority shifts frequently between project manager and team members to the best possible leader at any given point in time in the project. This is called balanced leadership. The presentation explains, horizontal and balanced leadership, shows the situational contingencies for changes in leadership authority, the types of tasks that are delegated, the socio-cognitive requirements for coordinating these shifts in leadership authority, and the impact it has on project results.

The study was recognized with the 2019 IPMA Global Research Award