Graceful under pressure


Healthcare-focused project leaders are most stable under pressure
Project leaders in healthcare are most stable under pressure

Early results from a pilot study have revealed that project leaders in healthcare are the most stable under pressure.

The pilot, a collaboration between Arras People, Goldsmiths College and Global Project Leaders Ltd, is aiming to discover if a project leadership questionnaire (PLQ) is a reliable tool for assessing leadership in the field of project management. Around 300 practitioners have taken part in the PLQ to date.

The overall aim of the pilot is to collate 1 000 responses from United Kingdom-based practitioners to quantify and compare their most important asset across key indicators such as role, sector and professional experience.

Other early results from the study reflect that public sector project leaders score as the most motivated and communicate the best, and that consultants are the most assertive and pragmatic.

The test covers seven aspects of project leadership: pragmatism, creativity, positive intolerance, group orientation, stability, communication, and motivation.

Ninety-five percent of those who have taken part so far say that the questions being asked are highly relevant to project leadership. The pilot is still open to project management practitioners and can be accessed by visiting:

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