Providing Strong Leadership and a Supportive Culture

Strong leadership and a supportive organizational culture are crucial during project execution. Project managers must lead by example to demonstrate the importance of creating good project plans and then following them in project execution. Project managers often create plans for things they need to do themselves.

If project managers follow through on their own plans, their team members are more likely to do the same. Good project execution also requires a supportive organizational culture. Organizing procedures, for instance, can facilitate or hinder project execution. In addition to having a good organizational culture, as explained in the previous point, one must also know how to communicate it effectively and emphasize the strong points of the activity being carried out, so that the message sinks into the user’s mind. If you want to gain more confidence in communication and public speaking, enroll in a public speaking course. Thought-Leader offers customized training that can improve your communication skills. If an organization has useful guidelines and templates for project management that everyone in the organization follows, it will be easier for project managers and their teams to plan and do their work.

If the organization uses the project plans as the basis for performing and monitoring progress during execution, the culture will promote the relationship between good planning and execution. On the other hand, if organizations have confusing or bureaucratic project management guidelines that hinder getting work done or measuring progress against plans, project managers and their teams will be frustrated. Even with a supportive organizational culture, project managers may sometimes find it necessary to break the rules to produce project results in a timely manner. When project managers break the rules, politics will play a role in the results.


For example, if a particular project requires use of nonstandard software, the project manager must use his or her political skills to convince concerned stakeholders of the need to break the rules on using only standard software. Breaking organizational rules and getting away with it requires excellent leadership, communication, and political skills.