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Projects are run by people who understand every aspect of effective implementation and solving issues as they arise. These managers require supervisory skills and expertise to ensure proper leadership for the company’s daily operations and managing staff. Leaders should demonstrate excellent professional skills in managing human resources and directing the implementation in the way that ensures successful outcomes. To achieve success, project managers should be effective leaders that progressively refine their skills and respond to each issue or shortcoming. Leadership skills and traits should be demonstrated in a non-commanding but positive way to ensure a positive environment and climate.

To achieve success, project managers should be effective leaders that progressively refine their skills and respond to each issue or shortcoming. Leadership skills and traits should be demonstrated in a non-commanding but positive way to ensure a positive environment and climate. There are a wide range of different leadership traits that are known for influencing project outcomes in a positive way.

Three main traits are explored below:


A leader should have a clear vision to guide the team to achieve goals. Any project strategy without a vision can be compared to launching a business without planning. Naturally, this business would not be successfully launched, and the same could be said about projects; they won’t be successful if not properly planned. The responsibility of planning is borne by project managers, who are the main figures in system implementation. Vision is created by considering the required outcome, resources, and time limits. It provides the project’s team with the essential strategy.


Passionate leaders rise to the top for many good reasons. Most projects require additional effort from the team, become routine, and many have lack of support. These can be very harmful to motivation and performance. A leader who demonstrates a passion for what he or she does provides motivation and excitement for the team by showing them that the outcomes are important and worth working on. Clearly, there would be no motivation without passion, and most projects would have failed if it weren’t for leaders who continue working until they meet desired outcomes. In addition to focusing on the results of the project, a leader may also provide some motivation through monetary and non-monetary means. This allows keeping excitement and interest levels high to keep going further. Moreover, it is fun to work with passionate leaders because they are great at interpersonal communication and usually work outside of the typical, daily office routine.


Implementation of a project requires to meet a wide spectrum of priorities and to achieve many tasks. In some cases, it is rather difficult to focus on the most important ones that guarantee the outcome because there are simply too many. Great leaders who are success-driven professionals focus on the tasks that are critical for the project and are worth following. These tasks are generally the ones that keep the project progressing in the right direction.

For example, if you have a small team but a large project that requires plenty of resources, you need to concentrate on the aspects that have the most value for the customers.


Passion, Vision, and Focus are three essential traits of winning leaders that systematically get projects done. Each of them are required for smooth successful project implementation. Work on improving these traits and see how they dramatically improve results for reaching your goals.

  • As a Global IT director with General Motors, it’s critical that I source high calibre technical candidates every time. ERS bring such a level of confidence and integrity to the pipeline of candidates that distinguishes them from everyone else in the market. ERS is about relationship building, getting to know our company, our management team and our requirements. They assist tailoring job specifications to ensure the widest range of candidates are attracted to the job profiles. ERS hands on screening of candidates means that we have an excellent ratio of interviews to job offers and subsequently, shorter ramp-up cycles, improved business value, increased efficiency and low attrition. Candidates are not just screened based on their CVs, ERS invests a lot of time to get to know the candidates and this profiling gets best results, both for my teams and for the prospective candidates. Our local team has hired successfully through ERS from multiple countries which means our teams are also very diverse in their skills, experiences and cultures. The technical roles filled range from Senior managers, Architects, Java developers, Mainframe, Middleware, SAP, High-performance computing, Mobile Development, Infrastructure, scrum masters and a wide range of global operational roles. Global IT Director General Motors

  • ERS, part of the Casseo Group were engaged on a critical programme aimed at further enhancing Dell’s renowned Supply Chain model for outbound logistics in EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa). The ERS team immediately “hit the ground running” and added immense value in augmenting the internal Dell IT team seeking to expedite this critical project.  They brought a strategic and realistic view of the possibilities for the project, as well as a professional focus on delivery of a quality product to agreed timescales.  They managed a wide range of internal relationships, as well as cementing the external commitments needed from Dell’s partners to make the project a reality.  Throughout the project life cycle, they always brought a practical perspective to the table when wrestling with a complex project, and executed creative and innovative solutions to ensure success. A very worthwhile partnership which I would eagerly recommend to those in search of external expertise and commitment in meeting their project commitments. Dell

  • GE Financial Insurance (now Genworth Financial) engaged ERS as part of the Casseo group, to assist in the delivery of a complex cross-functional project. The project entailed managing the IT Infrastructure and providing IT Support to assists a dedicated debtor recovery team that was set up specifically for the project. Based in Birmingham, ERS leveraged excellent project management and technical skills to quickly win the confidence of the local team. Over a period of time, ERS as part of the Casseo group worked hand-in-hand with this team to deliver an outstanding result where significant more debts were recovered than had been thought possible.  I have no hesitation in recommending ERS and the Casseo Group. Programme Manager, Genworth Financial

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