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The Project Manager Leadership Dilemma

Professors Moylan and Walker discuss communication and ethical challenges for project managers in important new paper

21 July 2015 – New in the Library – “The Project Manager Leadership Dilemma: Candid versus Creative Communications” is a new paper by Dr. William Moylan (Eastern Michigan University, USA) and the late Dr. Loren Walker (Capella University, USA). Their paper, originally presented at the 2nd University of Maryland Project Management Symposium in June 2015, was republished in the July edition of the PM World Journal and has been added to the PM World Library.

According to the authors’ introduction, “A key responsibility of the project manager is to communicate reality during project execution. Candid communication exhibited with brutal honesty may cause the project manager to be executed prematurely. Alternatively, the project manager as political spin-doctor spews creative deceit about project progress and performance. The paper addresses the communication challenges and ethical leadership dilemmas that confront the project manager, and proposes suggestions for astute project communications and project stakeholder management.…”

140609-PMWL-Logo-125-01To read this paper, go to and click on the title. Access is free, but must be a logged-in library member to access after 10 August 2015.