Effective Project Leadership


Enhancing Project Team Competency

and Effectiveness in a VUCA World


Positive Leadership in Project Management


By Frank Saladis, PMP, LIMC, PMI Fellow

New York, NY, USA

Leadership capability is a core competency of the project manager and project managers, along with everyone in a leadership position, must continue to upskill to remain marketable and keep pace with the changing business environment. The workplace, as we all know, is not the same as it was two years ago and it continues to change. The skills employers are looking for in new project managers, other new hires, and current employees as well, are changing or in some way being revised every year.

According to a Brandminds blog, the top ten skills employers are seeking for future jobs (now through 2025) are:

  1. Performance development
  2. Peer-to-peer and team coaching
  3. S-learning curve management
  4. Communication, Empathy and emotional support
  5. Employee growth culture
  6. Engagement and retaining
  7. Retraining and career coaching
  8. Diversity and inclusion support
  9. Skills gap anticipation
  10. Agility

Top 10 essential leadership skills for managers for 2023 – BRAND MINDS

Notice that the skills listed are very much focused on the “soft side” of leadership, the interpersonal capabilities. These skills and personal qualities, when demonstrated, will clearly make a difference in the overall performance of teams and individuals during any project implementation, especially with the people who are now entering the workforce.

Studies indicate that Millennials and Generation Z make up the largest groups in today workforce. According to many sources, these groups have very different expectations regarding the workplace environment, management support and the specific job they have been hired to perform. The priorities and expectations of these groups require organizational leaders to adapt their style to effectively engage these new employees while continuing to address the needs of the previous generations who remain part of the workforce. These expectations include:

  • Alignment of values – a connection between the values of the organization and the values of the individual
  • Skills development and professional growth
  • Flexible work hours
  • Opportunity to express ideas and offer creative and innovative ways to enhance and improve the organization.
  • Perform meaningful work that is personally satisfying.

The changing and expanding expectations of the workforce can be significantly challenging, even for the “seasoned” leader.


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Editor’s note: This article is one in a series on Positive Leadership in Project Management by Frank Saladis, PMP, PMI Fellow, popular speaker and author of books on leadership in project management published by Wiley and IIL in the United States. Frank is widely known as the originator of the International Project Management Day, the annual celebrations and educational events conducted each November by PMI members, chapters and organizations around the world.

How to cite this paper: Saladis, F. (2023). Effective Project Leadership – Enhancing Project Team Competency and Effectiveness in a VUCA World, Positive Leadership in Project Management, series article. PM World Journal, Vol. XII, Issue II, February. Available online at https://pmworldlibrary.net/wp-content/uploads/2023/02/pmwj126-Feb2023-Saladis-project-leadership-in-a-vuca-world.pdf

About the Author

Frank P. Saladis

New York, USA


Frank P. Saladis, PMP, LIMC, PMI Fellow is a Consultant and Instructor / Facilitator within the project management profession and has over 35 years of experience in the IT, Telecom Installation and IT Project Management training environment. He is a senior consultant and trainer for the International Institute For Learning Inc. and has been involved in the development of several project management learning programs. Mr. Saladis has held the position of Project Manager for AT&T Business Communications Systems, National Project Manager for AT&T Solutions Information Technology Services and was a member of Cisco Systems Professional Services Project Management Advocacy Organization. His responsibilities included the development of Project Management Offices (PMO) and the development of internal training programs addressing project management skills and techniques.

He is a Project Management Professional and has been a featured presenter at the Project Management Institute ® Annual Symposiums, Project World, PMI World Congress, CMMA, and many PMI Chapter professional development programs. He is a past president of the PMI New York City Chapter and a Past-President of the PMI ® Assembly of Chapter Presidents. Mr. Saladis is a Co-Publisher of the internationally distributed newsletter for allPM.com, a project management information portal, and a contributor to the allPM.com project management website.

Mr. Saladis is the originator of International Project Management Day and has written numerous leadership and project management related articles. Mr. Saladis is also the author of the Project Management Workbook and PMP ® / CAPM ® Exam Study Guide that supplements Dr. Harold Kerzner’s textbook – Project Management, A Systems Approach to Planning, Scheduling and Controlling?, 9th Edition published by John Wiley & Sons and the author of Positive Leadership in Project Management, published by IIL Publishing. He is a member of the International Executive Guild and the NRCC Business Advisory Council. He has also held the position of Vice President of Education for the Global Communications Technology Specific Interest Group of PMI ® and holds a Master’s Certificate in Commercial Project Management from the George Washington University. Mr. Saladis received the prestigious Lynn Stuckenbrook Person of the Year Award from the Project management Institute in 2006 for his contributions to the organization and to the practice of project management.  He can be contacted at saladispmp@msn.com

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