A general project leader is responsible for developing plans and timelines for prospective projects and delegating work to the project team as needed. This gives the project leader significant authority over members of the project team, which may involve leading discussions on any element of the project, approving prospective project changes, and providing incentives for good performance. Additionally, the general project leader is responsible for ensuring that projects are completed in a timely and consistent manner, staying within company constraints related to budget and risk management. Project leaders report project progress and related financial information to their supervisors on a regular basis.
The general project leader acts as a liaison between subordinates who are working on the project and superiors who have set the project goals, reporting team performance to upper management and ensuring their team's compliance with company goals and policy. General project leader positions are available in a wide variety of industries, including information technology, finance, and engineering. In the majority of these industries, most or all work is completed in an office setting.
The management-oriented nature of the general project leader's position means that strong leadership, communication, and organizational skills are required. A general project leader must demonstrate a high level of proficiency in the company's field, and demonstrable work experience and a bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline is generally required. Some general project leader positions may require additional industry-specific certifications or knowledge as well.
Project Leader, General Tasks
- Review strategies and create plans to develop products or services within a proposed budget.
- Conduct research to formulate approaches, compare services to competitors and identify appropriate actions.
- Manage projects, including schedules, staff, documentation, and deliverables.
- Review changes to projects and communicate necessary steps to handle those changes.