Managing Projects with No Direct Authority

In the absence of direct authority, what challenges does a project manager face when trying to influence the behavior of team members?

  • Developing active commitment and accountability among team members without coercive obedience or compliance
  • Building trust and persuasion in a project team to gain power
  • Using personal authority and networking to negotiate resources

How can a project manager gain the authority required to achieve these goals?

  • Use the power of superior knowledge and information about the project
  • Understand the power and authority structure in the organization and use it to the team’s advantage
  • Build positive relationships and networks with stakeholders
  • Build cooperation and align team effort through mutual trust and credibility
  • Create self-managed teams for less managing and more accountability

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