Project Leadership Assessment

Starter Kit for up to 5 Participants
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Project leadership isn't just about logistics. It's also about the ability of the project leader to motivate the project team, build relationships, and sustain the performance of the team throughout the life of the project.

The Project Leadership Assessment (PLA) is an innovative learning instrument that focuses on the necessary "people skills" by evaluating behavior in five vital skill areas. This learning tool is perfect for anyone who has project management responsibilities, regardless of their title or reporting relationship to the project team.

How It Works

Using a current project as a mental reference, participants respond candidly to 25 statements. The PLA also includes a feedback component. The feedback form provides participants with another perspective on their project leadership skills. Used in tandem, this combination creates the most accurate picture of a project leader's effectiveness. Finally, a scenario activity and action planning enables project leaders to identify actions for building on their strengths and improving less-developed skills.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify project leadership strengths and areas for improvement
  • Understand five interpersonal skills critical to effective project leadership
  • Learn how to allow them to complete their project work successfully
  • Apply leadership skills at each project phase
  • Develop action steps for leading projects

Project management is now becoming a mainstay of organizational life. And, just as it has evolved, so has the role of the project leader. The literature and research on project management identifies numerous skills that a project manager or leader should possess – both technical skills (such as planning, organizing, scheduling, etc.), and "people skills." The focus of the PLA is on the five important interpersonal skills for project leadership. These five skills are:

  • Encouraging open communication
  • Inspiring a positive outlook
  • Influencing effectively
  • Managing conflict
  • Developing the team
The successful project leader uses both technical and interpersonal skills to guide the efforts of the project team. Both sets of skills are needed to work through the "Project Life Cycle," which consists of planning, managing the process, and wrap-up.
Product Details

Facilitator guide includes:
  • Administrative guidelines
  • Theoretical background
  • "Experiential Learning Methodology"
  • Two-hour workshop design with preparation checklist and step-by-step instructions
  • Alternative training designs
  • Optional activities
  • Sample copy of the participant guide
  • Sample copy of the feedback form
  • Convenient binder format
Participant guide includes:
  • 25-item assessment
  • Pressure-sensitive scoring form
  • Definition of project leadership
  • Five vital project leadership skills
  • Quick reference guide
  • Mini case study
  • Action planning

Product Type
Assessment and workshop

Time Required
2 hours

What to Order

Order one facilitator guide per trainer and one participant guide per participant. To collect feedback for each project leader, purchase 3 feedback forms per project team member. Facilitator support materials will be available to you as a digital download link in your order confirmation. 
Cathy Proviano, M.Ed. was a senior product developer at HRDQ. She is now an instructional designer.

The HRDQ Development Team creates soft-skills learning solutions that help to improve the performance of individuals, teams, and organizations. At HRDQ, we believe an experiential approach is the best catalyst for adult learning. Our unique Experiential Learning Model has been the core of what we do for more than 40 years. Combining the best of organizational learning theory and proven facilitation methods with an appreciation for adult learning styles, our philosophy initiates and inspires lasting change.