You have probably noticed we use the term “project leader” more often than “project manager.” That is no mistake. The two terms are not synonymous and we believe project leaders have the ability to take projects and teams to a whole other level.
What is the difference between project managers & project leaders?
A project leader is a project manager, but a project manager is not necessarily a project leader.
Both managers and leaders are professionals who are tasked with planning, executing and closing a project. Both are in charge of a project team, but only project leaders inspire and motivate that team. Project leaders take the time to get to know the team, keep them in the loop and act as mentors.
Why does it matter?
Both project managers & project leaders get the job done, so why should businesses care? In short, project leaders don’t just get a project done; they improve communication, employee satisfaction and quality of work.
One of the project leader’s most time-consuming tasks is team management. People make projects happen, but people have lots of needs. You can’t force a team to get work done by showing them numbers, charts or angry emails from stakeholders. Well, you can… but it won’t be quality work and you will not only have angry stakeholder but also disgruntled employees.
Project leaders understand that. Project leaders understand the value in listening to and addressing employee concerns. They understand the importance of constructive criticism and showing gratitude. Project leaders inspire employees and strengthen teams.