Project Leadership

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Who should attend

  • Team leaders
  • Managers
  • Anyone responsible for the success of team projects and initiatives
  • Project management professionals preparing to take the PMP exam

About the course

Earn 36 project management education hours towards your PMP (Project Management Professional) certification and exam when you complete Cornell’s Project Leadership certificate program.

Successful project managers are good at encouraging productivity, overseeing progress, and driving performance among workers. But great project leaders are prepared to go a step beyond, demonstrating emotional intelligence, excelling at communication, building productive relationships and leading high-functioning teams.

This certificate program will prepare you to influence your team to behave fundamentally different than a group of workers, and develop your leadership style to work better in specific project situations. You will learn techniques for fostering healthy conflict and learn how to monitor and control project work by developing stronger bonds among team members.

In addition to the Project Leadership curriculum, you have the option to join an intensive 5-week PMP study group, which includes live online sessions with other students and your instructor, guided practice PMP exams, and preparation strategies designed to help you prepare for the PMP exam. Accompanying study books required.

COURSES

  • Leverage Emotional Intelligence for Project Results

Even experienced project leaders will ask themselves “Why won’t people listen to me?” or “What went wrong with my plan?” Of all the skills critical to project leadership, emotional intelligence may be the most important—and least understood.

In this course, you will learn to identify, analyze, and manage emotions, both yours and your team members’.

It is a common mistake among project leaders to focus too heavily on the mechanics of project management while neglecting the critical people skills that keep everyone engaged and working harmoniously. In this course, from Robert Newman of Cornell’s College of Civil and Environmental Engineering, project leaders will explore concepts of emotional intelligence and practice skills relevant to managing emotions so that they can enjoy better project outcomes. You will focus on five critical aptitudes: communication, relationship management, decision making, conflict management, and motivation.

  • Communicate Well to Drive Project Outcomes

Even experienced project leaders often find that regular meetings and status updates don't lead to meaningful communication. When the team doesn't fully understand project goals or how the work is going to get done, that lack of clarity will have a direct impact on whether the project is on time, within budget, and will lead to quality output. At the same time, team members may mislead you about their progress. Stakeholders may not always explain their expectations. Customers may be unclear about what they want and need. What's going wrong? And how can a project leader do better?

In this course, authored by Cornell Instructor Robert Newman, you will examine typical project-related communication problems and explore practical strategies for overcoming them. You’ll learn to host kick-offs and lead meetings that actually guide the team toward successful outcomes. You will practice communicating with a fresh, even sometimes unfamiliar, perspective in order to bring about productive and high-functioning working relationships.

The course Leverage Emotional Intelligence for Project Results is required to be completed prior to starting this course.

  • Turning Groups Into Teams

Getting skilled people to behave and perform as high-functioning teams can be a challenge. In this course, you’ll take a look at how teams tend to progress, what might impact motivation and engagement, and how culture can influence behaviors and results.

This course, authored by Cornell Instructor Robert Newman, will show you how the fundamentals as taught by top researchers like Frederick Herzberg, Bruce Tuckman, and Meredith Belbin can help turn a group of workers into a high-performing team.

The courses Leverage Emotional Intelligence for Project Results and Communicate Well to Drive Project Outcomes are required to be completed prior to starting this course.

  • Leading Project Teams

Seasoned project leaders sometimes apply the same leadership approach to every situation. In this course, authored by Cornell Instructor Robert Newman, you’ll explore a number of leadership styles to assess their relative strengths and weaknesses. You’ll learn how to manage safety concerns, when to be directly coercive, and see how creative collaboration and a shot of inspiration can turn things around for a team.

After taking this course, you’ll be ready to employ a particular style or model of leadership just as a carpenter would a tool. Does the occasion call for a hammer or a saw? Every style of leadership has its merits and its place. Find out what style works best for the situation.

These courses are required to be completed prior to starting this course:

  • Leverage Emotional Intelligence for Project Results
  • Communicate Well to Drive Project Outcomes
  • Turning Groups into Teams

    • Managing Conflict on Project Teams

As a project leader you need to be able to distinguish between when conflict is healthy and when it’s damaging to relationships and productivity. In this course, authored by Cornell Instructor Robert Newman, you’ll learn to identify various causes and sources of conflict and learn to foster healthy disagreement within a project team.

These courses are required to be completed prior to starting this course:

  • Leverage Emotional Intelligence for Project Results
  • Communicate Well to Drive Project Outcomes
  • Turning Groups into Teams
  • Leading Project Teams

    • Monitoring and Controlling Projects

When errors, misses, over-runs and problems occur during projects, a balanced, measured response from the project leader is critical. If you underreact, stakeholders will begin to doubt your effectiveness. If you overreact, your teams will be in fear, crushing any creative effort and stifling information sharing. In this course, authored by Cornell Instructor Robert Newman, you will examine the human elements of project monitoring and control and review common errors that occur on projects. You’ll learn how to ask the right questions and improve team connectedness.

These courses are required to be completed prior to starting this course:

  • Leverage Emotional Intelligence for Project Results
  • Communicate Well to Drive Project Outcomes
  • Turning Groups into Teams
  • Leading Project Teams
  • Managing Conflict on Project Teams"

    • PMP Study Group

Join an instructor-led study group where you will work together to study the 10 knowledge areas of the PMBOK, discuss practice problems, and learn tips to help you prepare for the PMP exam. Required accompanying study books:

  • A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge, 6th Edition. Project Management Institute.
  • Agile Practice Guide, 1st Edition. Project Management Institute.
  • Rita Mulcahy's PMP Exam Prep, 9th Edition. Rita Mulcahy, PMP.

KEY COURSE TAKEAWAYS

  • Become more emotionally intelligent in order to transform a group of workers into a high-performing team
  • Communicate more effectively with stakeholders throughout the project’s life cycle
  • Take on multiple leadership styles as the situation requires
  • Develop the tools and skills to correct damaging conflict while fostering healthy conflict
  • Identify ways to monitor the critical performance aspects that many project leaders miss
  • Study the PMBOK and complete practice exams to prepare for the PMP exam

WHAT YOU'LL EARN

  • Project Leadership Certificate from Cornell
  • 48 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • 36 Professional Development Units (PDUs) toward PMI recertification

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Robert Newman

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