Seven Ways to Show Leadership on Challenging Projects

Thanks to Danielle Smallwood for this post!!

Project managers need to be leaders. Leadership can be easy when things are going well; everyone will follow you then. However, when times are tough, leadership can be hard, but it is also more vital than ever. Here are some things to keep in mind to lead your team through the difficulty.

  • Keep your eyes on the big picture. When things get tough, everybody’s temptation is to become acutely focused on the problems. A leader stays focused on the vision of completing the project objectives.
  • Keep positive. When circumstances get tough, even the most loyal team members can be tempted to start blaming each other.  They begin to question each other and find many faults with one another. A leader must keep positive and act rationally and objectively.
  • Be the first to sacrifice. When there is pain to share, leaders should do just that – lead. If the team needs to work overtime, the project manager should work overtime as well. If the project team needs to come in on a weekend day, the project manager needs to be in as well.
  • Remain calm. Panic is a common human emotion and no one is immune to it. A leader, however, thinks the problems through and remains calm. Being calm will enable the leader to make the right decisions for the entire team. Panic only leads to disaster, while calm leads to success.
  • Motivate. In tough and challenging times, people are naturally down. They tend to be pessimistic. They can’t see how it is all going to work out. The project manager should focus on motivating the team and painting a vision for project completion and success on some level.
  • Create small wins. One of the ways to motivate is to create small wins. When things are bad, the team starts to wonder how they can win. The project manager should look for ways to win – even small, interim victories. With each small win, the leader will build a positive attitude.
  • Keep a sense of humor. Hardly anything in life can’t be a source of laughter. As the project manager you need to look for opportunities to instill fun, and laugh at yourself and the situations that present themselves.

A weak project manager is usually unable to get the team out of a large hole because he does not have the ability to lead the way out. When project managers show leadership, the team will follow – maybe not immediately, but eventually. The project manager is in the right position to lead the charge and get the entire project back on sound footing again.



For all those faced with unfavorable situations and keep wallowing in self-pity, here is something to think about.

P – Planning

R – Reflection

O – Opportunities

B – Blessings

L – Lessons

E – Everywhere

M – Messages

S – Solvable

Always serve with Integrity and Authenticity

Whoever walks in integrity will be delivered, but he who is crooked in his ways will suddenly fall”. Proverbs 28:18

Wherever God places you – In whatever position – and whichever responsibilities you have, always serve with utmost integrity and authenticity. The staff you use to flog others may at one time be used on you!!

People may doubt what you say but will always believe what you do!!

“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”

― Barbara De Angelis


Feeling betrayed by the one you trust

You are deeply hurt by the one you love

Feeling like you have a deep hollow in your soul

And your world seems to be crumbling….

You start to look at all persons as traitors

You start to get a feeling of distancing yourself from all the people

The bitterness in you seems unbearable

Amidst all this, my friend

Remember, you are neither the first, or last to face

And/ or go through such trials

Many have come through with their “heads high”

And always remember

To always keep your Emotional intelligence on the highest side!!


3P’s to Success

I have been reflecting on the several “texts” i have read about goal setting; success; teamwork and leadership. Three things have always come to my mind – these, i have referred to as the 3P’s – which should always be central to all that we do.

1. Planning – For every venture to be a success, it must be carefully planned. There must be a clear path to to the goal otherwise, it will be a “tiring blind treck”.

2. Patience – Romans 8:25 says, “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently”. We should always patiently work our way through the plans set so as to achieve our goals.

“A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” Henri J.M. Nouwen

3. Passion – We may have great plans and the patience, BUT if we are not passionate about what we have set ourselves to do, then, it is time wasted. Passion is the energy that keeps us going, that keeps us filled with meaning, and happiness, and excitement, and anticipation. Passion is a powerful force in accomplishing anything you set your mind to, and in experiencing work and life the fullest extent possible.

“Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.” -Jon Bon Jovi

Over to you …….

Leadership; mentorship and socio-economic development