Project Leadership


  • Authored by:
    Frank Wayno, Senior Lecturer, College of Engineering, Cornell University
  • 3 month duration, 5-7 hours a week
  • Consists of 6 two-week courses
The Certificate in Project Management from eCornell
  • Authored by:
    Frank Wayno, Senior Lecturer, College of Engineering, Cornell University
  • 3 month duration, 5-7 hours a week
  • Consists of 6 two-week courses

Karen S.

Sr. Manager, Strategy & Development
“What stood out for me was the focus on the human aspects of project management, that people are the driving force that determine project failure or success. I have found new and better ways to work with stakeholders that have resulted in productive, positive experiences and successful outcomes.”
Project leaders are more than just project managers; they possess a highly desirable blend of technical prowess and leadership skills to drive optimum project performance. In order to build a high-performing project team, you need to harness the collective intelligence of the group and exercise influence—with or without authority—as you oversee the project to completion. Leadership and interpersonal communication skills are the key to optimum group performance.

This six-course online certificate series, authored by faculty from Cornell University’s College of Engineering, is designed to build the critical leadership skills that Project Management Professionals (PMPs), project managers, and business managers need to lead a project team. The courses in this certificate series integrate collaborative group projects, practical case studies and interactive project assessments.
  • Utilize management/leadership research and theory to define a set of key success factors and behaviors for the project manager
  • Discuss challenges facing project teams and explain the role of the project manager in overcoming these challenges
  • Analyze project teams for potential conflict resulting from cultural, functional, personality-related, or learning-style differences and minimize the negative effects that differences have on a project team
  • Create accurate forecasts to communicate time and budget required for project completion
  • Apply best practices in coaching and development situations
  • Develop an understanding of organizations as political systems
  • Describe the basic types of strategies for exercising influence; develop an understanding of the conditions that would make each appropriate; and build skill in applying those strategies to a variety of influence opportunities
  • Course List:
    • Become a project leader and learn how to apply leadership skills to minimize uncertainty and maximize the contributions of your team.
    • Learn how to leverage a team's collective intelligence by promoting cohesion and cooperation. Manage the human challenges of building a motivated, productive team that is invested in seeing a project through to successful completion.
    • Understand how difference and diversity can benefit or fragment a project team. Learn how individual characteristics and apparent contrasts can actually be leveraged to profound effect.
    • Learn how to monitor and control the performance of projects, teams, and individuals to ensure the successful completion of project objectives.
    • Get projects accomplished by assessing and asserting your personal political power. Maximize your ability to exercise influence without authority.
    • Learn how to resolve conflict without eliminating the creative tension that so often benefits high-performing organizations. Manage interpersonal conflicts to ensure harmony and productivity in the workforce.

Karen S.

Sr. Manager, Strategy & Development
“What stood out for me was the focus on the human aspects of project management, that people are the driving force that determine project failure or success. I have found new and better ways to work with stakeholders that have resulted in productive, positive experiences and successful outcomes.”