Summary and Conclusions
The purpose of this paper has been to identify different project
manager styles and suggest some correlation with different project
circumstances. Selected previous work on management style has been
summarized to provided a basis for establishing four basic project
leader characteristics and skill set groupings. These four styles
have been labeled Explorer, Driver, Coordinator and Administrator.
The detailed descriptions of these four distinctly different styles
can provide a basis for better understanding of what style is appropriate
Failure to match project manager style to project circumstances,
particularly in matching to the phases of the project life cycle,
can lead to less than satisfactory project results. In extreme cases,
it can lead to project failure. Therefore, selection of appropriate
project management style is essential to project success. Obviously,
select your project manager carefully!
Correlation of project manager style with different types of project
will be the subject of a later paper.
FICE, FEIC, FCSCE, FPMI
© February 10, 2002