Copyright to Thomas Juli, PMP © 2011
First published by on July 20, 2011. Reproduced with permission.
Published here March 2012.

Editor's Note | Introduction | Principle 1: Build Vision 
Principle 2: Nurture Collaboration | Principle 3: Promote Performance
Principle 4: Cultivate Learning | Principle 5: Ensure Results | Dynamic Project Leadership

Dynamic Project Leadership

No single principle is the most important. It is the combination of all five leadership principles that helps secure project success. Building vision is the principle to start with, but you cannot achieve results if you do not embrace all five principles together as one system. Leadership is not merely the sum of applying the five principles. It is understanding and living the dynamics within each principle as well as all five principles as a unit.

If you want to gain a deeper understanding of one particular leadership principle, you need to account for the remaining four principles and how they relate to the one you are looking at.

Applying the five leadership principles in daily project life requires the project leader to practice all five principles constantly and consistently. It is an ongoing exercise. Depending on where you are in a project, there may be a stronger emphasis on one or two principles. But you cannot isolate one from the others. Holistic leadership comprises all five principles.

The five leadership principles serve as a guideline to effective leadership and how it contributes to project success. Following and practicing them is no guarantee for project success, but they make it more likely. They address the core of project success and thus improve the chances for success significantly.

Project success starts and ends with project leadership. However, as much as every team member regardless of his or her role can apply the leadership principles, leadership is not limited to a single person or role. We know that, as project leaders, we cannot succeed by ourselves. We need the help and support of our teams. This is why it is important to build teams and empower them to perform and deliver. Project success is not about individual accomplishments. It is a joint effort and should be treated and honored as such. Understanding the principles can be the first step toward project success. It is up to you to take this step and move forward.


This article is an excerpt from Thomas Juli's book about project success and reveals that effective project leadership is the key to this success. Additional information, including free reading samples and downloads are available at

Principle 5: Ensure Results  Principle 5: Ensure Results

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