Authentic leadership for 21st century project delivery

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Lloyd-Walker, Beverley and Walker, Derek (2011) Authentic leadership for 21st century project delivery. International Journal of Project Management, 29 (4). pp. 383-395. ISSN 0263-7863


Project leadership has to adapt to meet changing needs of this 21st century if it is to remain relevant. The 21st century world has changed from that of the previous century with the global financial crisis (GFC) marking a point of inflection in this change. At the same time generational change and particularly in Australia, a move to project alliance contracting, combine to require a re-examination of project leadership. Results of a pilot study and preliminary results of research into characteristics required for successful alliance project leadership are presented. Characteristics identified by this research relate closely to those of authentic leadership. A capability maturity model (CMM) to track the development of authentic leadership attributes in project leaders is proposed. Research by others in a range of project based environments would further test the usefulness of this CMM for project managers and leaders.

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Item type Article
DOI 10.1016/j.ijproman.2011.02.004
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Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Management and Information Systems
Historical > FOR Classification > 1503 Business and Management
Historical > SEO Classification > 9104 Management and Productivity
Keywords ResPubID23764, authentic leadership, project management(PM), capability maturity model, alliance project management
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