Building Superior Leadership Skills, While Getting Politics Out of the Way

The typical transition of team members into management and leadership positions is often difficult and sometimes traumatic. Even highly successful technical people are often lost in this new role, and are typically not prepared to deal with the people and political issues that exist in every company and team. The situation is even worse in a dynamic and changing project environment, where leadership makes a difference and politics stands in the way.

In this presentation we outline a roadmap for managers, which could guide them in their self-development career-planning process. We present a framework for defining a leader’s roles, and identifying his/her responsibilities as well as strengths and limitations. We discuss how to develop the mindset, skills, and qualities needed to lead, motivate, and inspire project teams to their maximum potential. Finally, by using different animal analogies, we analyze the “Political Jungle” in the company and show how to live with it in peace, get it out of the way, and even leverage it.


Dr. Aaron Shenhar, PMP, PMI Fellow

Professor of Project Management and Technological Leadership.

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About the speaker
Dr. Aaron Shenhar is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in project management, innovation, and leadership. He recently received the IPMA Research Achievement Award and the PMI Fellow Award. He was also the first recipient of the Project Management Institute (PMI) Research Achievement Award, as well as Engineering Manager of the Year of IEEE. He holds five academic degrees in engineering and management, including a PhD from Stanford University.

After a career as executive in the aerospace industry, Dr. Shenhar served as tenured professor, founding new academic programs in project management in four universities. He is one of the most published and cited authors in the field, and his work has influenced project and technology management research and education throughout the world. He also served as consultant to major corporations such as 3M, NASA, Honeywell, Dow Jones & Co., U.S. Army, and Tata Group. His recent book, Reinventing Project Management, is the first project management book published by Harvard Business School Press.