Captivated by a recent workshop run by Prof. Adrian Furnham, I was particularly gripped by the relationships being made between leadership (and management derailment) and personality disorders.
6 classic disorders were listed, one of which being “Schizoid”. This raced through my filters because it is most associated with those who end up in leadership positions by accident, usually because they were good at other things!
In project leadership we have observed this over and over again. Good IT, chemistry, zoology etc people end up running projects related to their specialism. The challenges in managing a multi-component, multi-personality project however demand VERY different abilities to which the specialist may not be best suited.
The summary provided for this specific disorder includes:
taking pleasure in few if any activities
lacking close friends or confidants
indifferent to praise or criticism
Now this may seem a bit harsh, after all am I simply describing myself? However, the point is a good and long debated one. Do domain specialists make great project leaders? Maybe not, certainly without serious investment in their development. Yet we keep putting them in those positions..
This week’s Arras People Project Management Benchmark Report proves, from the horses mouth, what we have been saying for over ten years￼. An excerpt from the report reads:
"With leadership, communication skills and relationship management in the tope five competencies for all "management roles", the obvious question would appear to be; "how does a PPM practitioner gain these important competencies"
A quick search in Google produces many references about why they are necessary and how important they are; but very few links to organisations who provide such courses. On the other hand a search for “technical” products produces a seriously long list of providers.”
asked what competences were most required, the responses are as follows:
Says it all, and a great lift for those of us developing tools and courses to help project managers make the transition to leadership…thank you Arras!