Having this plan in place helps the leadership team to prepare for looking out for the right personnel for the project. It shall require leader to demonstrate negotiation skills with functional managers to get targeted people, foresight to look for sub-contractors outside the organization to accomplish specific tasks and networking skills to lure available people from other business units within the organizations at the right time as per staffing management plan. Leader has to envisage that the project team members may not be co-located, but maybe located at multiple locations across the globe or even placed outside the organization, in case of sub-contractors.
Putting the right time in place is like solving a jigsaw puzzle for the leader, but the leader’s real worth comes in ensuring the career growth of each individual is attuned to the needs of the project. This safeguards an individual’s commitment to the project and helps to build more leaders roles within the project. It is imperative to constantly engage with the project team members to keep them motivated and focused on the project needs. Leader must incorporate the principle of Maslow’s Theory of needs which stressed on fulfilling the minimum needs and aspirations of the team members for ensuring their optimal commitment towards the project. The leader must necessarily focus on creating training plans for the team members and ensuring timely and just recognition for their efforts. The leader has to facilitate ground rules for efficient and effective communication between all team members to avoid conflicts. Leader has to work with external stakeholders to organize periodic team bonding sessions to rejuvenate the team.