Project Management Leaders Training 

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Essential Leadership Skills for Project Managers (10 Leadership PDUs) - 15 September 2017


Date/Times:  15 September 2017, Friday, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (ET) includes one-hour lunch break

Location : Moe's Tavern Conference Room – 1st Floor, Building 7, Cisco Systems, RTP, NC

7100 Kit Creek Road, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27560

Cost: $199.00 

Continental breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 AM and pizza will be served at 12:00 PM.


In the current global economic climate, organizations have an increasing need for program and project managers to perform as effective organizational leaders, building high performance teams in delivering successful projects. It is very important that project managers demonstrate effective leadership in delivering successful projects in their organizations.

Successful project managers are those who practice both strong management skills and effective leadership skills. Leadership skills are not the same as management skills. Knowledge of project management framework and methodologies, as well as strong management skills can be gained through experience and practice. Leadership skills can be learned and leadership qualities can be developed. Effective leaders develop new leadership skills to complement those that made them successful as managers.

This workshop focuses on leadership competencies required for project managers to manage teams effectively and deliver projects successfully. The workshop covers the differences between project management and leadership and the leadership styles for project managers. Participants perform exercises to develop leadership in project management, including interpersonal communication skills, negotiation and influencing skills, as well as stakeholder expectations management and the leadership competencies in motivating and inspiring teams. Participants will assess their leadership skills and evaluate their leadership styles. Then participants will start developing a leadership development plan that will take them to an improved (higher) level of leadership competency.

Earn: 10 PDUs (Leadership PDUs)!

Earn 10 PDUs for attending a seven-hour (class) session and completing pre-seminar reading assignments. Upon completion of the seminar, 10 PDUs will be reported in PMI's CCRS for you so you do not have to report PDUs yourself. You will receive an email from PMI that 10 PDUs have been reported for you. You will also receive a Certificate of Completion with the PDU Program Number for your records and for your use if you prefer to report the PDUs yourself.

Refreshments, including continental breakfast and pizza for lunch, will be served. This seminar has previously been offered by the same instructor, Victoria S. Kumar, PMP, as a two-day seminar.

Course objectives

1. Understand the differences between project management and leadership

2. Identify different leadership styles for project managers, and learn what leadership style to use, when

3. Define essential leadership skills and leadership qualities required for successful project delivery

4. Develop effective team leadership skills, including interpersonal communication, negotiation and influencing skills

5. Assess your leadership competency level -- your strengths, weaknesses, new skills to develop

6. Develop a leadership development plan to complement your project management capabilities

7. Utilize leadership skills in influencing your executive management

Who should attend?

1. Project, Program and Portfolio Managers, Program Management Office (PMO) Managers/Directors who have leadership responsibilities within an organization.

2. Project Leaders, Project Management Practitioners and Business Analysts seeking an opportunity to lead.

3. Project Management Consultants and Functional Managers who want to excel in leading and managing their teams.

Instructor: Victoria S. Kumar, PMP, CSM, CSPO (

Victoria Kumar served as Project Management Office (PMO) Program Manager / Senior Project Manager for the state of North Carolina Office of the State Controller (NC OSC), where she was responsible for implementing project / portfolio management methodologies and developing governance processes to manage the organization’s portfolio. She represented NC OSC in statewide IT project approval processes as statewide project approver, participating with the state’s Enterprise PMO in the state's IT governance process.

Ms. Kumar’s professional career includes project development management with IBM Canada Laboratory and PMO program management, establishing a PMO and implementing IT governance processes through the PMO, both in the private and public sectors.

Ms. Kumar is past president of the PMI North Carolina Chapter. She served the chapter in various board member positions in 2003-2007. She also served as member of the PMI Leadership Institute Advisory Group in 2010 and 2011 and as Director for the PMI (Global) Board of Directors (2014-2016).  She currently serves as NCPMI VP Programs.

Ms. Kumar has travelled worldwide, presenting in seminars and conferences. She has delivered leadership development and project management seminars to PMI SeminarsWorld and PMI Global Congress participants, including:

• Program and Project Managers as Creative and Innovative Leaders (2012 - 2013)

• Effective Requirements Management (2005 - 2010)

• Delivering Successful Projects ...Every Time (2010)

• Successful Implementation of a PMO (2004 - 2006)

Ms. Kumar published several conference papers as part of PMI global congress proceedings. 

Ms. Kumar holds master’s degrees in pure mathematics and in computer science from University of Waterloo (Canada), where she has also earned PhD credits in management science. She has a master's certificate in IT Project Management from George Washington University. She is a graduate of the PMI Leadership Institute Master Class and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP)®.

See Ms. Kumar in Linkedin

If you have any questions, please email Victoria S. Kumar, PMP (



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