Both leadership and management skills are required for a project manager to be successful. Project managers must determine the right balance based on what is required in each situation.
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As a senior project manager, you are mentoring a project team member who aspires to become a project manager. When asked whether leadership skills or management skills are more important for a project manager, how might you respond?
A. Project managers must rely on leadership while operations managers rely on management skills
B. Project managers are change agents and must use leadership skills rather than management skills
C. Project managers need to employ both leadership and management skills to be successful
D. Leadership and management are often used interchangeably because they are synonymous
HINT: Management is more closely associated with directing another person to get from one point to another. In contrast, leadership involves working with others to guide them from one point to another.