Exploring leadership qualities of project managers for successful project execution

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Strategic means of achieving organizational goals is to undertake projects and organizations spend huge sums of money to execute projects. However, recent studies show that most projects fail or are abandoned despite advances in knowledge in project management. Therefore, this study aimed at exploring leadership qualities of project managers for successful project execution. The research had three (3) objectives; to identify key leadership qualities of project managers, to identify key factors for successful project execution and to establish the relationship between leadership qualities and factors for successful project execution. Extensive literature review was conducted based on each objective and variables were identified. The study adopted a quantitative research method and thus, a structured questionnaire was developed and distributed to project managers whiles sixty (60) responses were retrieved for the analysis. The data were analyzed using mean score ranking and regression analysis. With the success criteria, the highest ranked success criterion was schedule success factor, followed by quality success factor, health and safety success factor and cost success factor. With the leadership qualities, the highest ranked leadership quality was managerial qualities dimension. With the relationship between leadership qualities and project success, schedule success factor, relationship with stakeholders and health and safety success factor has significant positive relationship with leadership qualities. Based on the findings, it was recommended that, project managers must enhance their leadership qualities to improve on the success factors realized on projects. Also, project managers must also enhance their managerial leadership qualities in terms of managing resources, efficient communication and achieving objectives as a way of improving on leadership abilities
A thesis presented to the Department of Construction Technology and Management, College of Arts and Built Environment, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award degree of Master of Science in Project Management.
Leadership qualities, Project successes