Get Better (and Betterer) at Leading Your Team

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The videos below map to the PMP Exam Content Outline task Lead a Team (see page 4). The enablers within this task are as follows, though note that I broke bullet four into several videos to cover each item:

  • Set a clear vision and mission
  • Support diversity and inclusion (e.g., behavior types, thought process)
  • Value servant leadership (e.g., relate the tenets of servant leadership to the team)
  • Determine an appropriate leadership style (e.g., directive, collaborative)
  • Inspire, motivate, and influence team members/stakeholders (e.g., team contract, social contract, reward system)
  • Analyze team members and stakeholders’ influence
  • Distinguish various options to lead various team members and stakeholders

Lead a Team

We MANAGE and we LEAD. Both are important! So what’s the difference? And what does modern leadership look like?

Set a Clear Vision and Mission

Organizations have a vision and a mission. Aligned projects are selected and given the “green light.” Projects also have a vision and a mission. When things get dicey, as a project manager you can help realign your team and other stakeholders by refocusing on a shared vision.

Value Servant Leadership

Servant Leadership is a transformative approach that seeks to enrich the lives of individuals, build better organizations, and ultimately create a more compassionate world. 


It’s not just about leading; it’s about serving first, with a focus on the growth and well-being of the community and the individuals within it. 


This leadership style is grounded in the concept of becoming a servant first, fostering a deep-rooted desire to help others. It’s about listening empathetically, healing, and nurturing the team’s self-worth. 🎧💖

Servant leaders are not traditional authority figures but rather, they share power, put the needs of others first, and help people develop and perform as highly as possible. They are facilitators rather than commanders, providing guidance and removing obstacles that impede progress.


They are coaches, empowering the team to take ownership, fostering an environment of trust, collaboration, and mutual respect.


Servant leadership is about creating a ripple effect that impacts more than just the team but also the community and, indeed, the world. It’s about making a difference, one act of service at a time. 


In essence, Servant Leadership is a journey of many stages – from listening and empathizing to healing and building community. It’s a commitment to serve, to grow, and to inspire. It’s about leading with the heart, with a vision to create a better world. 


Servant Leadership is a leadership style that prioritizes the team’s needs above all. It’s about serving first, leading second. A servant leader actively listens, empathizes, and nurtures the team’s self-worth. They share power, fostering an environment of trust and mutual respect. They act as facilitators, removing obstacles and providing guidance, enabling the team to perform at their highest potential. This leadership style is about empowering the team, fostering personal growth, and building a collaborative community. It’s a commitment to serve, grow, and inspire, leading with a vision to create a better, more compassionate world.

Support Diversity and Inclusion

Free course mentioned in this video:

Determine an Appropriate Leadership Style

In the PMP Exam Content Outline, 1.2.5 is: INSPIRE, MOTIVATE, AND INFLUENCE TEAM MEMBERS/STAKEHOLDERS (E.G., TEAM CONTRACT, SOCIAL CONTRACT, REWARD SYSTEM) That’s quite a lot, so I will do a video on each piece, starting with INSPIRE!!

Inspire Your Team (& Other Stakeholders)

My affiliate link for the awesome Storyteller Tactics PIP Deck:

Rewards & Recognition


Check out this Intrinsic Motivation self-assessment I made using the factors used in PMI’s PMBOK 7.

Lead with Influence

Team Contracts

The awesome cartoon I mentioned is this one:

Why did I mention it? Because we want an outcome-oriented team. Perhaps your team will agree to adopt the Guiding Principle: Focus on Value.

Check out this Miro article on Team Charters with examples and templates. I also adore this Team Charter Canvas.

Analyzing Influence

On a related note, I highly recommend this free Stakeholder Management Playbook:

I also made you a Stakeholder Matrix and you can fill in the X and Y axis any way you wish, for example Power and Interest.

Distinguish Various Options to Lead Various Team Members